Florida v. Meyers

PETITIONER: Florida
RESPONDENT: Meyers
LOCATION: Board of Immigration Appeals

DOCKET NO.: 83-1279
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1981-1986)
LOWER COURT: State appellate court

CITATION: 466 US 380 (1984)
DECIDED: Apr 23, 1984

Facts of the case

Meyers was charged with sexual battery. Police officers searched his automobile at the time of his arrest, and then impounded the vehicle at a private facility. Eight hours later, the police re-entered the facility, without a warrant, and searched the car a second time. A Florida court suppressed evidence obtained in the second search, arguing the warrantless search was unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court denied review. The Supreme Court subsequently accepted the State's petition for certiorari.

Question

Was the Court's summary disposition of the case constitutionally legitimate?