Maryland v. Wilson (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 519 U.S. 408 (1997)
State of Maryland
Jerry Lee Wilson
Maryland maintained that passengers of a vehicle should be expected to exit a vehicle when requested by a law officer.
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas
Anthony M. Kennedy, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
16 February 1997
The Supreme Court held that it was consistent with the Fourth Amendment for an officer making a traffic stop to order passengers to get out of the vehicle until the completion of the stop.
The ruling determined that a police officer has the right to order the passenger of a vehicle out of the car during a traffic stop. Previously, this law had only extended to the driver of the vehicle, due to probable cause when the driver had committed a traffic violation. The determination to extend this law to cover the passenger as...
(The entire section is 1820 words.)
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