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People v. Martin

Supreme Court of California
290 P.2d 855 (1955)


Facts

Martin (defendant) was charged with illegal bookmaking in horse races and with occupying premises for the purpose of running bookmaking operations. Police seized evidence from two office buildings in allegedly unconstitutional searches. Martin claimed not to be the owner of the offices or the contents of the offices. Martin moved to exclude the admission at trial of evidence obtained through the searches. The State of California (plaintiff) argued that Martin lacked standing to challenge the legality of the searches since he had denied ownership of the property.

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