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Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Arizona v. Gant

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-542 Supreme Court of Arizona Oct 7, 2008
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Apr 21, 2009 5-4 Stevens OT 2008

Issue: Whether, under New York v. Belton (1981), police may conduct a warrantless search of a car if its recently arrested occupant poses no threat to officer safety or preservation of evidence.

Judgment: Affirmed, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens on April 21, 2009.

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