The Law: Reconsidering Suspects' Rights

In February 1968, when Lloyd Charles Powell was busted for vagrancy in Nevada, the arresting officer patted him down and found a gun that had been used in a liquor-store shooting the day before in San Bernardino, Calif. Powell, now 29, was convicted of the killing. In August 1970, police in Omaha were angrily investigating the bombing murder of a fellow officer; though they had little to go on, they got a search warrant from a local magistrate, went through the house of David Rice, a member of a Black Panther group, and found...

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