The Law: Unreasonable Search

When two robbers broke into the Straight Way Iron and Metal Co. in St. Louis, the firm's president, Louis Adelstein, pulled out a gun and started shooting. He hit one of them in the buttock. The other robber grabbed Adelstein's gun and shot him to death.

A few hours later, Tommie W. Overstreet went to a hospital with a bullet wound in the buttock. The prosecutor got a court order for a doctor to remove the bullet, which matched Adelstein's gun. Overstreet was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

That 1974 conviction was overturned this...

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