Michigan v. Tyler

RESPONDENT:Loren Tyler and Robert Tompkins
LOCATION:Oakland County, Michigan

DOCKET NO.: 76-1608
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: Michigan Supreme Court

CITATION: 436 US 499 (1978)
ARGUED: Jan 10, 1978
DECIDED: May 31, 1978
GRANTED: Oct 03, 1977

Jesse R. Bacalis – for respondents
Jeffrey Butler – for petitioner, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court

Facts of the case

On January 21, 1970, Tyler’s Auction, a store located in Oakland County, Michigan, was burned up before midnight. Loren Tyler rented out the building to conduct the business together with Robert Tompkins. When See, the fire Chief, came to the place of the accident, he got to know that two plastic boxes were discovered in the establishment. They contained some burnable liquid and caused probably the burning. Then See called for police. When the officer Webb came, he made the photos, but the smoke and soot didn’t allow him to continue the investigation. Near four a. m. the fire was put out, the boxes were handed over to Webb. However, the officer did not possess a warrant for examination and seizure of any items from the house.