A Conversation on Search and Seizure

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a group of high school students discuss the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure and the importance of the exclusionary rule. This video complements the documentary Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio.

  • Resource Type: Closed Captions, Special Needs/Language Focus, Translated Materials, Video
  • Subject: Foundations of Democracy
  • Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Georgia v. Randolph (2006)

Does a wife’s consent to a search of the home outweigh the refusal of a search by the husband who is present at the time of the search? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2006.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Arizona v. Gant (2009)

What must police officers demonstrate when arresting the owner of a vehicle in order to conduct a search of the vehicle without a warrant? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered this question in 2009.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Illinois v. Caballes (2005)

Does the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of “reasonable, articulable suspicion” for a search apply to a drug detection dog sniff? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2005.

  • Resource Type: Research (Digests of Primary Sources)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Kyllo v. U.S. (2001)

Is the warrantless use of a thermal imaging device to detect heat emissions from an individual’s home a reasonable search? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2001.

  • Resource Type: Research (Digests of Primary Sources)
  • Subject: Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Life Without the Bill of Rights?

Celebrate Constitution Day with a fun, interactive game – Life Without the Bill of Rights? is a click-and-explore activity that asks you to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms. Life Without the Bill of Rights invites you to understand the significance of constitutionally-protected rights including freedom of religion, speech, and press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and the rights of private property.

  • Resource Type: Games, Quizzes
  • Subject: Foundations of Democracy
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12