Plain view doctrine

In Arizona v. Hicks, 480 U.S. 321 (1987) the United State’s Supreme Court held that the minimal movement of private property constituted a search beyond the plain view doctrine and, in the absence of probable cause, the evidence found by moving the equipment must be suppressed.  In Hicks the police were lawfully present in the defendant’s apartment and saw electronic equipment that the officer suspected was stolen. The officer moved a turntable to read and record serial numbers that established that the equipment was stolen. The moving of the turntable violated the Fourth Amendment.

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