Michigan v. Summers 452 U.S. 692 (1981)

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MICHIGAN v. SUMMERS 452 U.S. 692 (1981)

A 6–3 Supreme Court held that if the police had a valid warrant to search a home for illegal drugs, they had authority to detain the occupants of the premises during the search. They could therefore lawfully require a suspect to remain in the house, arrest him after finding the contraband, and search his person incident to the arrest. The dissenters argued that the fourth amendment prevented the police from seizing a person without probable cause in order to make him available for arrest should probable cause be revealed by the search.

Leonard W. Levy

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Michigan v. Summers 452 U.S. 692 (1981)