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Dollree Mapp dies at 91; arrest led to landmark search warrant ruling
Dollree Mapp dies at 91; arrest led to landmark search warrant ruling

On May 23, 1957, three police officers arrived at Dollree Mapp's Cleveland duplex, looking for a man they believed had been involved in a bombing. Mapp, a streetwise woman who knew her rights, refused to let them in without a search warrant. They didn't have one. "Three hours later, I heard glass crashing," Mapp told the Miami Herald many years later, recalling how the officers broke into her home. They found their suspect but they also arrested Mapp after discovering books and a sketch they alleged were pornography. Her subsequent conviction on obscenity charges set in motion a climactic legal battle—one that would radically alter policing in America. In...

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