TERRY v. OHIO

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
67
Petitioner 
Terry
Respondent 
Ohio
Opinion 
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the petitioner)
(Argued the cause for the respondent)
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Location: Street Corner
Facts of the Case 

Terry and two other men were observed by a plain clothes policeman in what the officer believed to be "casing a job, a stick-up." The officer stopped and frisked the three men, and found weapons on two of them. Terry was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to three years in jail.

Question 

Was the search and seizure of Terry and the other men in violation of the Fourth Amendment?

Conclusion 
Decision: 8 votes for Ohio, 1 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Amendment 4: Fourth Amendment

In an 8-to-1 decision, the Court held that the search undertaken by the officer was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment and that the weapons seized could be introduced into evidence against Terry. Attempting to focus narrowly on the facts of this particular case, the Court found that the officer acted on more than a "hunch" and that "a reasonably prudent man would have been warranted in believing [Terry] was armed and thus presented a threat to the officer's safety while he was investigating his suspicious behavior." The Court found that the searches undertaken were limited in scope and designed to protect the officer's safety incident to the investigation.

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TERRY v. OHIO. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 02 September 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1967/1967_67>.
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