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Civil Court Case: Horton V. California

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Case: Horton v. California
Citation: 496 U.S. 128 (1990)
Year Decided: 1990
Facts: After obtaining a warrant for stolen items from an armed robbery, a California police officer searched petitioner Horton’s home. The officer had described both the weapons used and property stolen in the affidavit for the search warrant, but the Magistrate issuing the warrant only authorized a search for the stolen property. Even though the police did not discover the stolen property, weapons matching the officer’s description were found in plain view and seized. Horton ended up being convicted of armed robbery after a motion to suppress the seized evidence was denied by the trial court.
Issue: Is the warrantless seizure of evidence in plain view considered prohibited
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