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Utah v. Strieff

136 S.Ct. 2056 (2016)

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Utah v. Strieff

United States Supreme Court

136 S.Ct. 2056 (2016)

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Facts

Police had a house under surveillance for suspected illegal drug activity. When Edward Strieff (defendant) visited and then left the house, police officer Douglas Fackrell stopped and questioned Strieff. Fackrell did so not because he had reasonable cause to suspect Strieff of criminal behavior, but solely because Fackrell wanted to question visitors about activities inside the house. Fackrell made a routine check of police records, found that Strieff had an outstanding warrant for a minor traffic offense, and arrested Strieff on that warrant. Fackrell then conducted a routine search and seized illegal drugs he found in Strieff's possession. The State of Utah (plaintiff) charged Strieff on drug charges. At trial, Strieff argued that the seized drugs came to light only as the result of Fackrell's unconstitutional search and seizure and that therefore the drugs should be excluded from evidence. The state argued that Fackrell's misconduct arose solely from an inadvertent procedural error. The judge admitted the seized drugs into evidence, and a jury convicted Strieff. On appeal, the Utah Court of Appeals affirmed Strieff's conviction, but the Utah Supreme Court reversed. The state appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

Dissent (Kagan, J.)

Dissent (Sotomayor, J.)

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