California v. Ciraolo Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“The Santa Clara, California police received an anonymous telephone tip that marijuana was growing in respondent Ciraolo’s backyard, which was enclosed by a 6-foot outer fence and a 10-foot inner fence, making it impossible to observe anything from ground level. Officers who were trained in marijuana identification secured a private airplane, flew over Ciraolo’s house at an altitude of 1,000 feet, and readily identified marijuana plants growing in the yard. A search warrant was later obtained on the basis of one of the officer’s naked-eye observations