Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

New Jersey v. T.L.O.

469 U.S. 325 (1985)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 26,900+ case briefs...

New Jersey v. T.L.O.

United States Supreme Court

469 U.S. 325 (1985)

New Jersey v. T.L.O.

Facts

A 14-year-old freshman high school student, T.L.O. (defendant), was discovered smoking in the bathroom at the high school with a friend. The two girls were caught by a teacher at the school. The assistant vice principal, Theodore Choplick, questioned T.L.O. about the smoking, and T.L.O. denied smoking. Choplick searched T.L.O.’s purse as part of his investigation, and he found a pack of cigarettes. Choplick also noticed cigarette rolling papers, which are often used to smoke marijuana. Choplick continued searching T.L.O.’s purse and discovered a small amount of marijuana, a pipe, a substantial number of one-dollar bills, a list of students, and two letters that indicated T.L.O. was dealing marijuana. The matter was turned over to the police, and the state (plaintiff) brought juvenile-delinquency charges against T.L.O. T.L.O. then moved to suppress the evidence found in the purse, claiming that the search violated T.L.O’s rights under the Fourth Amendment. The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Middlesex County held that the school district did not violate the Fourth Amendment. T.L.O. appealed, and the appellate court affirmed. T.L.O. appealed again, and the New Jersey State Supreme Court reversed the decision, holding that Choplick’s search was not reasonable, because possession of cigarettes did not violate school rules. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)

Concurrence (Blackmun, J.)

Concurrence (Powell, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Stevens, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Brennan, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 541,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. 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.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 541,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 26,900 briefs, keyed to 983 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.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 541,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 26,900 briefs - keyed to 983 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership