On February 18, C-SPAN Radio begins a week-long special series of Supreme Court historic oral arguments previewing key pending cases on the taking of DNA samples from criminal suspects---“Maryland v. King”---and on the constitutionality of parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965---“Shelby County, Alabama v. Attorney General Eric Holder.”
In this program, a case cited in briefs for “Maryland v. King.” From 1973: “United States v. Willie Robinson.” In this 4th Amendment case from the District of Columbia, a police officer pulled over and arrested Willie Robinson for operating an automobile without a valid permit. The officer then searched Willie Robinson and discovered a crumpled cigarette package containing fourteen vials of heroin in his pocket. The issue: Whether police violated Mr. Robinson’s 4th Amendment right guarding against unreasonable search and seizure.
And providing context and information: SCOTUSBLOG.com co-founder and Supreme Court attorney Amy Howe.
The audio and information of the cases are courtesy of the Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law at: http://www.oyez.org.
“U.S. v. Robinson”, previewing a February 26 SCOTUS argument on taking DNA samples from criminal suspects: Monday, February 18 at 8pm ET on C-SPAN Radio: 90.1 FM in the Washington, DC area, online at cspanradio.org and nationwide on XM Satellite Radio, channel 119.