The Supreme Court defined the extent to which the federal rules covering searches and seizures should apply to the states.
California authorities entered the apartment of George and Diane Ker using a passkey and conducted a warrantless search during which they found and seized marijuana. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld their convictions, but the Court was divided about the facts of the case. Eight justices held that the state was required to adhere to federal standards, but a plurality of four, in an opinion written by Tom C. Clark,
Due process, procedural
Mapp v. Ohio
Search warrant requirement