What other case that uses criminal procedure case that relies on the precedent set in Terry v. Ohio?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The decision in the Terry case was applied in the case of Michigan v. Long. In this case, the standard of the police search in the Terry case was expanded to include motor vehicles.  In the Michigan v. Long case, the court ruled that the police were well within their rights to conduct a "Terry" search of the person of interest's car.  In this, the evidence gained from the search is not discarded as a violation of the 4th Amendment, but rather seen as being prudently obtained by perceptive police officers that sensed imminent danger being present.  The court used the Terry case as a precedent in that it enabled police to be proactive in their gathering of intelligence and evidence.  It is not unreasonable for police officers to recognize that there could be threats to public safety in the prelude to a commission of a crime or the denouement of one.  In this, the police officer's sense of perception and sensation enables them to conduct these searches that are not intrusive to the individual's sense of being, but rather is done in the name of public safety.  This is where the Terry case set a precedent for future jurisprudence.

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