Illinois v. Krull

Supreme Court of the United States

480 U.S. 340 (1987)

March 9, 1987

An officer is objectively and reasonably relying on a statute (and thus qualifies for the good faith exception) despite it being later held unconstitutional.

Relevant Facts

The state (Illinois) passed a statute requiring persons with a scrap motor license to allow police to inspect their records, at any time, without a warrant. The defendant (Krull) operated a junkyard, and was arrested when police found four stolen cars during one of their records inspections. The next day, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the law. As a result, Krull moved to suppress the evidence on grounds that the law was found to be unconstitutional. In defense, Illinois argued for the good faith exception.

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November 30, 2020

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Citations

480 U.S. 340 (1987)