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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

Kyllo v. United States
Kyllo v. United States

Decided June 11, 2001

533 U.S. 27

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/533/27.html

Decision

Police who used a thermal imaging device to detect heat inside the home of someone suspected of using heat lamps to grow marijuana indoors violated the Fourth Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches.

Background

Danny Kyllo was an indoor gardener. But the plants he grew inside his home in Florence, Oregon, were illegal. They were marijuana plants, cultivated with the help of halide lamps, which emit a lot of heat.

Federal agents in 1991 suspected Kyllo was growing marijuana indoors, and to see if they were correct, they used a thermal imaging device—analogous to a video camera, except that it detects heat rather than visual images. A law enforcement officer parked his car across the street from ...

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