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Commonwealth v. Phelps (Mass. 1911)

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

Commonwealth v. Phelps, 209 Mass. 396 (1911), provided precedent regarding forcible entry without a warrant when a felony is suspected. In this decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, meeting in Franklin, upheld Silas N. Phelps's first-degree murder conviction, commenting ...

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