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Maryland v. Buie

United States Supreme Court
494 U.S. 325 (1990)


Facts

The police obtained an arrest warrant for Buie for an armed robbery of a restaurant and executed the warrant at Buie’s home. Upon entering the home, the officers spread out to find Buie. One officer proceeded to check the basement and, with his gun drawn, shouted down the basement stairs for anyone down there to come out. Eventually, Buie emerged and he was arrested. Another officer then went into the basement to ensure no one else was present who could pose a threat to the police. In the basement, and in plain view, the officer noticed a red running suit that matched the description of what the thief was wearing when the restaurant was robbed. At trial, Buie’s request to suppress the running suit was denied.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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