Minnesota v. Olson

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Minnesota v. Olson
Court United States Supreme Court
Date decided 1990


Joseph Ecker was a suspect in a deadly gas station shooting in Minneapolis. Ecker and another suspect, Olson, crashed their car and escaped.

Next day, Olson admitted his complicity to his friends and laid out his flee plan. His friends told on him to the police. Subsequently, police surrounded the home that Olson was in and forcibly entered the home without a warrant.

Procedural History

Olson was convicted of first-degree murder.


The Supreme Court reversed the conviction of the suspect Olson.


The 4th Amendment protections for search warrant extends to a house guest such as Olson. Olson was arrested unlawfully in someone else's home without a warrant.