What is a seizure?

The Supreme Court held in United States v. Karo, 468 U.S. 705, 712 (1989) a “seizure” of an item occurs when “there is some meaningful interference with an individual’s possessory interests in that property.” A person is seized within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment “only if, in view of all of the circumstances surrounding the incident, a reasonable person would have believed that he was not free to leave.” United States v. Mendenhall, 446 U.S. 544, 545 (1980)

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