Washington v. Chrisman

PETITIONER: Washington
LOCATION: Mississippi University for Women

DOCKET NO.: 81-1349
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1981-1986)
LOWER COURT: Washington Supreme Court

CITATION: 455 US 1 (1982)
ARGUED: Nov 03, 1981
DECIDED: Jan 13, 1982

Ronald R. Carpenter - Argued the cause for the petitioner
Robert F. Patrick - Argued the cause for the respondent

Facts of the case

In 1978, a Washington police officer stopped a student at the Washington State University after observing the student was carrying a half-gallon bottle of gin. The officer asked for identification. The student, accompanied by the officer, then went into his dormitory to retrieve proof of age. After the student had entered his room, the officer noticed that the student's roommate, Chrisman, had marijuana seeds and a pipe on his desk. Chrisman was subsequently charged with the possession of marijuana and LSD.


Did the officer's seizure of the drugs violate Chrisman's "reasonable expectation of privacy" guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment?

Media for Washington v. Chrisman

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 03, 1981 in Washington v. Chrisman

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - January 13, 1982 in Washington v. Chrisman

Warren E. Burger:

I have for announcement two opinions of judgments for the Court in 81-1349, Washington -- State of Washington against Chrisman.

For a reasons stated in the opinion for the court filed with the clerk, the judgment of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington is reversed and the case is remanded to that court for further proceedings not inconsistent with our opinion.

Justice White with whom Justice Brennan and Justice Marshall joined filed a dissenting opinion.