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Bostick v. Florida


Bostick v. Florida

June 20, 1991

What happened: In Florida, police officers invaded a bus and asked a passenger, Bostick, questions and also asked him for his identification. They searched his luggage for anything that was illegal or drugs. They found cocaine and the police was going to press charges; but the Florida Supreme Court said that they are just going to ban the charges because they said that the police officers are not allowed to search the buses for anything illegal. Also, they said they are not allowed to ask passengers questions. It was unconstitutional because the passenger was not allowed to leave the bus at any time, but if he was just on the street, then he was allowed to not answer the police officers questions. The US Supreme Court said that they are not allowed to ban the police officers to come on the bus and search at any time. So, since the US Supreme Court has more ruling over Florida Supreme Court they sent the issue back to Florida. This issue was never resolved, so Bostick v. Florida faded away and was never brought back.


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