Minnesota v. Dickerson
United States Supreme Court
508 U.S. 366 (1993)
Minnesota police spotted Dickerson (defendant) leaving a known crack house. When Dickerson saw the officers, he turned and walked in the other direction. Based on these facts, the officers stopped Dickerson and performed a patdown search. No weapons were found, but the officer felt a small object in Dickerson’s jacket pocket. The officer believed that the object was crack cocaine wrapped in cellophane and reached into the pocket to remove it. The officer found crack cocaine and arrested Dickerson for drug possession. Dickerson moved to suppress the evidence, but the Hennepin County District Court denied the motion, finding no violation of the Fourth Amendment. Dickerson was convicted. The Minnesota Court of Appeals then reversed, refusing to “adopt the plain feel exception.” The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the ruling.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
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