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California Vs Greenwood Essay Research Paper The

California Vs Greenwood Essay, Research Paper

The police, acting on a tip that Billy Greenwood was dealing illegal

narcotics, searched some trash bags that he had left on the curb. Actually,

to be more specific, they asked Greenwood’s garbage man to set aside his

thrash from the rest of the neighborhood’s, then searched it after it was

isolated. Finding paraphernalia associated with drugs in the bags, the

police applied for a search warrant, including a description of the things

they found in the trash. Based on evidence from both the garbage and the

search of the house, Greenwood was convicted of drug-related charges.

Greenwood appealed to the Supreme Court, claiming that the search of his

garbage was illegal because it was searched without a warrant.

My side of the case, which is the state of California, tends to argue

three main things. First, the exception to the warrant requirement, which is

"searching abandoned property." We also tend to argue two previous court

cases, Oliver vs. US and Katz vs. United States.

In the case Olive vs. US, Oliver had posted no trespassing signs around

his fenced in farm. Two Kentucky State narcotics officers, also acting on a

tip that Oliver was growing narcotics, walked around the fenced in area to

see a field of home-grown marijuana. This case also dealed with the right of

privacy. The courts decided that the police had the right to charge Oliver

because of plain view. In the second case that we are going to argue, which

is Katz vs. United States, "no knock" statutes were defined. These allow

police to forcibly enter a place when no one will let them in and the police

have a reason to believe that a fugitive is hiding out or evidence is being

destroyed. Our last argument has to do with the exclusionary rule. As

stated before, searching abandoned property can be warrant less. The state

of California will rue that garbage, being accessible to children, animals,

and passerby’s, can be considered abandoned.

The opposing side may argue the precedent of Mapp vs. Ohio is a reason

why Greenwood’s charges should be dropped. The state of California will

argue that the police did NOT force themselves into Greenwood’s house without

a warrant. They had a perfectly legal warrant, which was not attempted to be

hidden or kept from Greenwood.

I believe that if the court sides with the state of California, it will

benefit society in a big way. It will keep Greenwood from dealing any more

narcotics, and also let others know that no matter what they argue, what they

did was still wrong, and will not be excused.