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New York v. Belton
United States Supreme Court
453 U.S. 454 (1981)
Belton (defendant) was in a car that was pulled over for speeding. When the officer smelled marijuana, he ordered Belton and the three other occupants out of the car and placed them under arrest. The officer then searched the passenger area of the car and, upon finding Belton’s jacket, searched the pocket and found cocaine. At trial, and over Belton’s objections, the cocaine was entered into evidence and Belton was convicted of possession of controlled substances. On appeal, the court disagreed with the trial judge and suppressed the evidence of the cocaine.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)
Dissent (White, J.)
Dissent (Brennan, J.)
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