Supreme Court Cases that Affected Society: The Mapp V. Ohio Case of 1961

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There are many Supreme Court cases in which the court case decision affected society and the accused. Also, many debates about how it affected society and the accused are up in the air. People will either look at it as positive or negative, depending on the person. In some cases, many of the accused actually did something wrong, but yet still got away with the crime. It just goes to show there is a flaw in the court system, but again, a different subject. In the case Mapp V. Ohio of 1961, police forced their way into Dollree Mapps, house, suspecting her of harboring a suspected bomber. No suspect was found and Mapp was arrested of possessing obscene pictures and was convicted in an Ohio court. Mapp appealed to the United States Supreme Court and the decision was made that the Supreme Court said “evidence seized unlawfully, without a search warrant, could not be used in criminal prosecutions in state courts” (USCourts). The ruling was decided by the fourth amendment, which is protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Mapp V. Ohio case decision affects society by protection against unreasonable search and seizures. The reason why Mapp was protected by the fourth amendment is because a case had already been tried and decided before in 1914. The case for Mapp’s just solidified that people are indeed protected by the fourth amendment. State authorities cannot enter your home without a warrant and cannot gather anything as evidence and prosecute you with

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