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Arizona v. Johnson

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1122 Ariz. Ct. App. Division Two Dec 9, 2008
Tr.
Jan 26, 2009 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2008

Issue: Whether, in the context of a vehicular stop for a minor traffic infraction, an officer may conduct a pat-down search of a passenger when the officer has an articulable basis to believe the passenger might be armed and presently dangerous, but had no reasonable grounds to believe that the passenger is committing, or has committed, a criminal offense.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on January 26, 2009.

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