Katz v. United States (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 389 U.S. 347 (1967)
That evidence obtained by a wiretap on a public phone violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure and should have been ruled inadmissible.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Harvey A. Schneider and Burton Marks
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
John S. Martin, Jr.
Justices for the Court
William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Earl Warren, Byron R. White
Hugo Lafayette Black
Date of Decision
17 October 1967
Placing a wiretap on a public phone violates the Fourth Amendment.
Investigations to obtain information about a suspect's private activities, even if those activities are conducted in public places or are obtained via electronic media or means, are subject to the same standards of...
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