No. 77-1571.

440 U.S. 648 (1979)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 27, 1979.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Charles M. Oberly III argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief were Richard R. Wier, Jr., Attorney General of Delaware, and Carolyn Berger, Fred S. Silverman, and Kathleen Molyneux, Deputy Attorneys General.

David M. Lukoff argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were Richard M. Baumeister, Frank Askin, and Eric Neisser.*

MR. JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question is whether it is an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to stop an automobile, being driven on a public highway, for the purpose of checking the driving license of the operator and the registration of the car, where there is neither probable cause to believe nor reasonable suspicion that the car is being driven contrary to the laws...

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