Silverman v. United States

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Silverman v. United States
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided March 6, 1961


Police thought a home was being used for illegal gambling. Police used an adjacent home as a base for operations. The police officers used a listening device from the neighboring home without obtaining a judicial search warrant.


The justices excludes the evidence against the suspect and overturned his conviction.


The 4th Amendment to the US Constitution protects the right of a man to retreat to his home without unreasonable government intrusion.

The Court cited Entick v Carrington (1765).