United States Supreme Court
569 U.S. ___ (2013)
In 2003, a man broke into the victim's house and raped her. Police were unable to determine the man's identity from the woman's description, but police were able to get the man's DNA. In 2009, Alonzo King was arrested for an unrelated assault. During booking, as was standard practice for serious offenses under Maryland law, the police used a cotton swab to take a DNA sample from the inside of King's cheek. The DNA was run through a law enforcement database, and officers found that it matched the DNA of the perpetrator from the 2003 rape. The state court admitted the DNA evidence and convicted King of the rape. The Court of Appeals of Maryland reversed, holding that the cotton-swab procedure constituted an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
Dissent (Scalia, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 240,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.