Supreme Court Sanctions Search of Impounded

The United Slates Supreme Court on July 6 upheld llie conviction of Donald Op-perman for possession of marijuana that was found in a search of his car afler ii was lowed away for parking violations in Vermillion, South Dakota. The pot was found in llie unlocked glove compartment during a routine police inventory of I lie car's contents. The Court's six to lliree majority held I lie seizure did not violate the Fourth Amendment right to privacy because it resulted from a routine "caretaking procedure:' not a search, and because "the expectation of privacy in one's automobile is significantly less than that relating to one's home 01 office:' The South Dakota Supreme Court had previously reversed Opperman's conviction on grounds of invasion of privacy. He was sentenced to a $100 fine and 14 days in jail.

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