Camara v. Municipal Court 387 U.S. 523 (1967)

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CAMARA v. MUNICIPAL COURT 387 U.S. 523 (1967)

In Camara the Supreme Court held that the householder may resist warrantless administrative searches of dwellings by inspectors implementing fire, health, housing, and similar municipal codes. However, because the inspection is not a criminal investigation, probable cause for a warrant may be found without information about the individual dwelling, on the basis of such factors as the date of the last inspection and the condition of the area. Similar protection was accorded to commercial premises in See v. Seattle (1967).

Jacob W. Landynski
(1986)