Amos v. United States
255 U.S. 313 (1921)

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Amos v. United States, 255 U.S. 313 (1921)

Amos v. United States

No. 114

Argued December 13, 1920

Decided February 28, 1921

255 U.S. 313

Syllabus

1. When it is clear and undisputed that property used in evidence against a defendant on a criminal trial was procured by the Government through an unconstitutional search and seizure in his home, his petition for its return is not too late when made immediately after the jury was sworn, and his motion to exclude the property, and testimony concerning it, from evidence should not be denied as inviting a collateral issue. P. 255 U. S. 316.

2. The act of a man's wife in allowing government officers to enter his home without a warrant upon their demand for admission for the purpose of making a search is held not to be a waiver of his constitutional

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privilege against unreasonable search and seizure, even assuming that a wife may waive her husband's right in that regard. P. 255 U. S. 317.

Reversed.

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