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California v. Ciraolo (1986)

  • By: Richard J. Hardy
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

In California v. Ciraolo, 476 U.S. 207 (1986), a sharply divided (5–4) Supreme Court ruled that a warrantless aerial surveillance of a private residence is not an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The case began on September 2, 1982, ...

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