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Chambers v. Maroney

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Citation. Chambers v. Maroney, 399 U.S. 42, 90 S. Ct. 1975, 26 L. Ed. 2d 419, 1970 U.S. LEXIS 19 (U.S. June 22, 1970)

Brief Fact Summary. A robbery suspect was arrested while riding in a car. The car was taken to the police station, searched, and yielded incriminating evidence.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. “For constitutional purposes [there is] no difference between on the one hand seizing and holding a car before presenting the probable cause issue to a magistrate and on the other hand carrying out an immediate search without a warrant.”ť

Facts. A service station was robbed. Two teenagers outside and the cashier identified the type of car the suspects were driving, as well as the clothing two of the men were wearing. The car was stopped, the occupants were arrested, and the car was taken to the police station, where it was thoroughly searched, yielding two guns, proceeds from the robbery, and other evidence taken from the station.

Issue. Whether evidence “seized from an automobile, in which petitioner was riding at the time of his arrest, after the automobile was taken to a police station and was there thoroughly searched without a warrant”ť is admissible.

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