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Maryland v. Buie

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Citation. Maryland v. Buie, 494 U.S. 325, 110 S. Ct. 1093, 108 L. Ed. 2d 276, 1990 U.S. LEXIS 1176, 58 U.S.L.W. 4281 (U.S. Feb. 28, 1990)

Brief Fact Summary. After arresting the Respondent, Buie (Respondent), a police officer enter the Respondent’s basement to perform a protective sweep. While performing the protective sweep, the officer discovered evidence that aided in the Respondent’s conviction.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. When police have a reasonable belief that a serious danger exists, they are allowed to carry out a protective sweep.

Facts. Police officers entered the Respondent’s home to arrest him. After the Respondent emerged from his basement, a police officer entered the basement to ensure no one else was in the there. While the officer was in the basement, he found evidence linking the Respondent to the robbery that had led to the Respondent’s arrest. The Respondent was subsequently found guilty of robbery.

Issue. Is probable cause that a serious danger exists required before police perform a protective sweep after arresting a person in his home?

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