The automobile exception is 99 today

The automobile exception is 99 today. Carroll v. United States, 267 U.S. 132 (1925).

The offense date: December 15, 1921. The place: Pike 16, 16 miles east of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The car: an Oldsmobile Roadster:

The car was likely like this: a 1920 Oldsmobile Roadster (courtesy

Carroll came at a time when there was almost no SCOTUS discussion of what the Fourth Amendment meant. Once there, it’s not going anywhere. Judge made law. Fourth Amendment “reasonableness” means whatever one wants it to mean at the time. Read Carroll if you have time. It’s quaint by today’s standards.

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