Wolff v. Rice
United States Supreme Court
428 U.S. 465 (1976)
Rice (defendant) was one of two defendants convicted of criminal charges on evidence that each defendant had moved to suppress in state court proceedings. After exhausting state court appeals, both defendants petitioned the federal courts for writs of habeas corpus. The respective federal courts of appeals concluded that the defendants were entitled to federal review of Fourth Amendment claims even though those claims had already been reviewed by the state courts. The plaintiffs petitioned the Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
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