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Olmstead v. United States
United States Supreme Court
277 U.S. 438 (1928)
The government suspected Olmstead (defendant) of illegally importing alcohol during Prohibition. To prove this, the government tapped the phones in Olmstead’s house and office. They then listened to his conversations and from those conversations got enough evidence to convict Olmstead. Olmstead appealed and the United States granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Taft, C.J.)
Dissent (Brandeis, J.)
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