Chapman v. United States Case Brief

Facts of the Case

With the consent of Chapman’s landlord, Georgia law enforcement officers entered–through an unlocked window–and searched Chapman’s rented house, in his absence, and there seized an unregistered distillery and a number of gallons of mash. After having been indicted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia for violations of the federal liquor laws, Chapman moved the court for an order suppressing the use of the seized items as evidence at his impending trial on the ground that they were obtained by an unlawful search and seizure. The motion was denied. At the subsequent trial, the evidence sought to be suppressed was received, over Chapman’s objections, and, upon that evidence, he was found guilty and sentenced. On appeal, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed.


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Case Information

Citation: 365 US 610 (1961)
Argued: Feb 23, 1961
Decided: Apr 3, 1961
Case Brief: 1961