DOCKET NO.: 83
DECIDED BY: Vinson Court (1949-1953)
ARGUED: Oct 16, 1951
DECIDED: Jan 02, 1952
Facts of the case
Rochin swallowed drug capsules to dispose of evidence. The police pummeled him and jumped on his stomach in a vain effort to make him throw up. They took him to a hospital where a doctor was instructed by the police officers to administer an emetic by forceably passing a tube into Rochin’s stomach. He vomited the capules and was convicted on the basis of the evidence produced from his vomit.
Did the police procedure forcing Rochin to vomit violate the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment?