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CB Washington v. Chrisman - eyes Rational All arrest must...

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Washington v. Chrisman 455 U.S. 1 (1982) Fact: Procedural Facts: Operative Facts: Officer arrested a person who appeared to be underage carrying liquor. When asked for an ID, the person said it was in his dormitory room. The Officer then placed him under arrest and followed the person into the dorm. When in the dorm, he saw marijuana seeds. Then he read the person and his roommate their rights, and they handed over more drugs. Issue: Broad Question: Narrow Question: Can Officers seize property of the arrested in their grab area while they are under arrest and transported to pick up material in their own home? Rule: As long as officers are constitutionally able to be in an area, they need not shield their
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Unformatted text preview: eyes. Rational: All arrest must be presumed to present a risk of danger to the arresting officer, and officers has the right to remain literally at the suspect’s elbow at all times. Holding: The seizure of the contrabands form the arrestee and roommate’s dorm was constitutional because he was legally able to be there. He need not shield his eyes, especially from contrabands because contrabands have no expectation of privacy. Synthesis: Dissent/Concurrences: Justice White, Brennan, and Marshall dissent They believe that officer should not be permitted to invade living quarters any more than necessary to maintain control and protect himself....
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