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CLJ Case brief - Torres v. Puerto Rico 422 U.S. 465 (1971)...

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Torres v. Puerto Rico 422 U.S. 465 (1971)
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FACTS: In 1975, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico enacted legislation authorizing its police to search the luggage of any person arriving in Puerto Rico from the United States. Pub. Law 22, P. R. Laws Ann., Tit. 25, 1051 et seq. (Supp. 1977). 1 The "Statement of Motives" in the preamble to the statute indicates that it was enacted in response to a serious increase in the importation of firearms, explosives, and narcotics from [442 U.S. 465, 467] the mainland, and a concomitant rise in crime on the island. As construed by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, Public Law 22 does not require the police to have probable cause to believe that they will find contraband before they search baggage. However, it does not appear that the luggage of all travelers arriving from the mainland is subject to this kind of search. Appellant Terry Torres, a resident of Florida, arrived at San Juan's Isla Verde Airport aboard a nonstop commercial flight from Miami. An officer's suspicions were aroused when he observed that Torres seemed nervous, and kept looking at an armed, uniformed officer stationed nearby. There was, however, no articulable reason to suspect that Torres was carrying contraband. When Torres
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course CLJ 111 taught by Professor Texidor,joseluis during the Fall '07 term at Penn State.

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