Hester v. United States

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Hester v. United States
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Argued April 24, 1924
Decided May 5, 1924
Full case name Hester v. United States
Citations 265 U.S. 57 (more)
44 S.Ct. 445; 68 L.Ed. 898
Holding
"The special protection accorded by the Fourth Amendment to the people in their 'persons, houses, papers and effects', is not extended to the open fields."
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Holmes, joined by unanimous court

Hester v. United States, 265 U.S. 57 (1924), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court, which established the open fields doctrine. In an opinion written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the court held that "the special protection accorded by the Fourth Amendment to the people in their 'persons, houses, papers and effects', is not extended to the open fields."

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Further reading[edit]

  • Mascolo, Edward G. (1970). "The Role of Abandonment in the Law of Search and Seizure: An Application of Misdirected Emphasis". Buff. L. Rev. 20: 399.