No. 78-5420.

445 U.S. 573 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Reargued October 9, 1979.

Decided April 15, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William E. Hellerstein reargued the cause for appellants in both cases. With him on the briefs was David A. Lewis.

Peter L. Zimroth reargued the cause for appellee in both cases. With him on the briefs were John J. Santucci, Henry J. Steinglass, Brian Rosner, and Vivian Berger.

MR. JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.

These appeals challenge the constitutionality of New York statutes that authorize police officers to enter a private residence without a warrant and with force, if necessary, to make a routine felony arrest.

The important constitutional question presented by this challenge has been expressly left open in a number of our prior opinions. In United States v. Watson, 423 U.S....

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