Kaufman v. United States

PETITIONER:Harold Kaufman
RESPONDENT:United States
LOCATION:River Roads Shopping Center

DECIDED BY: Warren Court (1967-1969)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

CITATION: 394 US 217 (1969)
ARGUED: Nov 19, 1968
DECIDED: Mar 24, 1969
GRANTED: Apr 01, 1968

Bruce R. Jacob – for the petitioner
John S. Martin, Jr. – for the respondent

Facts of the case

During his trial for armed robbery of a federally insured savings and loan association, Harold Kaufman admitted to the crime but unsuccessfully claimed insanity. He was convicted and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed. Kaufman then filed a post-conviction motion in district court challenging the evidence that proved his sanity. He alleged that the evidence was unlawfully seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The district court denied relief, holding that unlawful search and seizure was not an available attack in post-conviction proceedings. The Eighth Circuit affirmed.


Can a federal prisoner challenge unlawfully-seized evidence in a post-conviction proceeding?