Florida v. Royer

LOCATION: Shell Lake, Wisconsin

DOCKET NO.: 80-2146
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1981-1986)
LOWER COURT: State appellate court

CITATION: 460 US 491 (1983)
ARGUED: Oct 12, 1982
DECIDED: Mar 23, 1983

Mr. Andrew L. Frey - on behalf of U.S. as amicus curiae
Calvin L. Fox - on behalf of the Petitioner
Theodore Klein - on behalf of the Respondent

Facts of the case


Media for Florida v. Royer

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 12, 1982 in Florida v. Royer

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - March 23, 1983 in Florida v. Royer

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the Court in Florida against Royer will be announced by Justice White.

Byron R. White:

In this case, the respondent, Royer, was stopped by police officers as he was about to board a plane, the Florida airport.

The officers told him he was suspected of carrying drugs.

He accompanied them to a room off the concourse and there he consented to the search of his luggage, which the officers had retrieved from the airline.

Drugs were found in each of two suitcases.

The trial judge denied Royer's motion to suppress the evidence, but -- and he was convicted.

The Florida Court of Appeals set aside the conviction holding that when Royer gave his consent, he was being illegally detained and hence, his consent was tainted and the evidence was inadmissible.

We granted certiorari and we affirm that judgment.

However, there is not an opinion for the Court.

I have filed an opinion stating why Justice Marshall, Justice Powell and Justice Stevens and myself would affirm the judgment.

Justice Brennan would also affirm and has filed an opinion.

Justice Powell has filed a concurring opinion.

Justice -- Justice Blackmun and Justice Rehnquist have each filed a dissenting opinion.

The Chief Justice and Justice O'Connor joined Justice Rehnquist.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Justice White.