Wong Sun v. United States

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Wong Sun v. United States
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Argued March 29, April 2, 1962
Reargued October 8, 1962
Decided January 14, 1963
Full case name Wong Sun, et al. v. United States
Citations 371 U.S. 471 (more)
83 S. Ct. 407; 9 L. Ed. 2d 441; 1963 U.S. LEXIS 2431
Prior history Cert. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Holding
The presentation of verbal evidence and recovered narcotics where they were both fruits of an illegal entry are inadmissible in court except where there is a break in the chain of evidence.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Brennan, joined by Warren, Black, Goldberg
Concurrence Douglas
Dissent Clark, joined by Harlan, Stewart, White

Wong Sun v. United States, 371 U.S. 471 (1963), is a United States Supreme Court decision excluding the presentation of verbal evidence and recovered narcotics where they were both fruits of an illegal entry. Narcotics agents unlawfully entered Toy's laundry at which point Toy indicated that Yee was selling narcotics. The drug agents then went to Yee and found the narcotics. Yee made a deal to give up his supplier, Wong Sun. The agents then arrested Wong Sun. All were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. Several days later, Wong Sun voluntarily returned to the police station to make a statement, during the process of which he confessed.

The Supreme Court held that Toy's statements and the discovered drugs at Yee's should both be excluded as fruit of the poisonous tree because the search was done without a warrant. Wong Sun's lawyer argued that Wong Sun's confession should also be excluded as fruit of the poisonous tree. Wong Sun's statement was ruled admissible because he had no standing to move to suppress the evidence found in Yee's apartment. Wong Sun was granted a new trial, but his confession was admissible.

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  • Text of Wong Sun v. United States, 371 U.S. 471 (1963) is available from:  Findlaw  Justia