United States v. Hartwell
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
436 F.3d 174 (2006)
Christian Hartwell (defendant) set off a metal detector at an airport. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents then used a magnetic wand to pinpoint the source of the metal on Hartwell’s body. The wand picked up a metal object in Hartwell’s pocket and asked to see it. The metal object turned out to contain crack cocaine. Hartwell was arrested, tried, and convicted in U.S. District Court, and he appealed, arguing that the found cocaine should have been suppressed under the exclusionary rule because the search conducted violated the Fourth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Alito, J.)
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