Thornton v. United States
United States Supreme Court
541 U.S. 615 (2004)
Marcus Thornton (defendant) was driving a Lincoln Town Car when he approached an unmarked police car driven by a Norfolk Virginia Police Officer. Thornton slowed down to keep from driving next to the police car, and the officer became suspicious. The officer ran Thornton’s tags, which had been issued to a different car. Thornton parked the car in a nearby lot and exited the vehicle. The officer stopped Thornton, and Thornton consented to a patdown search. The officer felt an object in Thornton’s pocket and asked if Thornton had drugs. Thornton said yes and pulled the drugs out of his pocket. Thornton was arrested, handcuffed, and put in the back of the police car. The officer then searched Thornton’s car and found a gun under the driver’s seat.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
Concurrence (Scalia, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
What to do next…
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 725,000 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
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 725,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,600 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.