Texas v. Rodriguez

Appellee Mikenzie Rodriguez was indicted for possession of a controlled substance. Resident assistants searched Rodriguez's dorm room, found drugs, and called their director, who in turn called the police. The police entered the room and seized the drugs. The trial court granted Rodriguez’s motion to suppress and, on the State’s appeal, the court of appeals affirmed–holding there was no college dorm room exception to the Fourth Amendment. The Court of Criminal Appeals agreed with the court of appeals that the officers’ physical intrusion into a constitutionally protected area was a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. And because it was done without a warrant, consent, or special needs, the fruits of that search were rightly suppressed. View "Texas v. Rodriguez" on Justia Law