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The Jurisprudence of the Burger Court: A Reading of Michigan v. Long. 59 Conn. B.J. 220 (1985)

Abstract

Law is currently perceived by many as a set of technicalities used to keep criminals out of jail. Even those lawyers opposed to the Warren Court expansion of constitutional rights see such a view as an oversimplification, a shibboleth - a shibboleth, how­ ever, to which the facts in Michigan v. Long 1 seem tailor-made.

One night, in a rural area, a car was travelling erratically and at excessive speed. It swerved into a ditch. Police officers stopped to investigate. The car's occupant, who was at the rear of the car, and "appeared to be under the influence of something," failed to respond to a request for registration and license. He turned and began walking to the open door of the car. The officers, who were following, saw a knife on the floorboard, whereupon they stopped the occupant and subjected him to a patdown search.

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1985

Keywords

Warren Court, search, seizure, marihuana

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