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Chadwick v. United States (1977)

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

Chadwick v. United States, 433 U.S. 1 (1977), is a U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that the Fourth Amendment requires a warrant for searching locked luggage carried by travelers.

The case involved a pair of Amtrak train passengers—Gregory Machado and Bridget Leary—traveling ...

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