Mapp Vs Ohio Essay

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The case of Mapp versus Ohio became very contentious during the 1960s. The verdict in this case altered history in a gigantic way, and continues to effect the legal system even today. A search warrant was not present when police showed up at Dollree Mapp’s house on May 23rd, 1957. The police entered the home in search of a bombing suspect they deemed was housed in Cleveland, Ohio with Mapp. Also, she declined their entry because they did not have a search warrant, but they proceeded in anyways. They searched for the suspect and equipment that could be evidence of the bomber being present there, but did not find any evidence of it. Instead, they stumbled upon a suitcase in Mapp’s house that became very suspicious. The suitcase contained pornographic material and had shocking pictures inside. Mapp told police the contents of the suitcase did not belong to her, they belonged to a guest. Mapp was then arrested when the material was found, prosecuted, and found guilty. Mapp was sentenced for the ownership of pornographic material. A key element of Mapp’s …show more content…

The conclusion was determined by the unlawfully seized evidence that was received without a warrant. Without a warrant, the information obtained could not be used in prosecutions of criminals in state courts. The five justices that voted in Mapp’s favor stated that the evidence seized was in violation of the fourth Amendment. A justice apart of the case, Justice Tom Clark said, “We hold that all evidence obtained by searches and seizures in violation of the Constitution [is] inadmissible in state court… Were it otherwise… the assurance against unreasonable…searches and seizures would be [meaningless].” Basically, Clark says that if you obtain evidence in a search that is not permitted and it is illegal, it is pointless because it cannot be used against a person in the court room to convict them because it violates the fourth

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