Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Robert G. LeBell argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs was Brian W. Gleason.
Cornelia T. L. Pillard argued the cause for the United States. With her on the brief were Solicitor General Days, Acting Assistant Attorney General Keeney, Deputy Solicitor General Dreeben, and Joel M. Gershowitz.
Peter D. Isakoff, by invitation of the Court, 516 U.S. 1008, argued the cause and filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of the judgment below.*
Rehnquist, C. J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Stevens, O'Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Ginsburg, and Breyer, JJ., joined. Scalia, J., filed a dissenting opinion, p. 700.
United States Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Rehnquist delivered the opinion of the Court.
Petitioners each pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. They reserved their right to appeal the District Court's denial of their motion to suppress the cocaine found in their car. The District Court had found reasonable suspicion to stop and question petitioners as they entered their car, and probable cause to remove one of the interior panels where a package containing two kilograms...
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