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Florida v. Wells (1990)

  • By: Tom McInnis
  • 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 Florida v Wells, 495 U.S. 1 (1990), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that inventory searches that lack standardized procedures regarding the opening of closed containers violate the Fourth Amendment.

Martin Leslie Wells was stopped for speeding, and the officer noticed ...

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