No. 72-1603.

417 U.S. 583 (1974)

94 S.Ct. 2464

41 L.Ed.2d 325


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 17, 1974.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Leo J. Conway, Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief were William J. Brown, Attorney General, and Nicholas R. Curci, Assistant Attorney General.

Bruce A. Campbell, by appointment of the Court, 414 U.S. 1140, argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

Andrew L. Frey argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal. On the brief were Solicitor General Bork, Assistant Attorney General Petersen, and Edward R. Korman.

MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN announced the judgment of the Court and an opinion in which the CHIEF JUSTICE, MR. JUSTICE WHITE, and MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST join.

This case presents the issue of the legality, under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, of a warrantless seizure of an automobile and the examination of its exterior at a police impoundment area after the car had been removed from a public parking lot.

Evidence obtained upon this examination was introduced...

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