Mapp v. Ohio in 1961: Summary, Decision & Significance


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What did the Supreme Court rule in Weeks v. United States?

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1. What was one objection of the ACLU to Mapp's arrest?

2. What amendment to the Constitution did the Supreme Court say justified the application of the fourth amendment to States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How did a simple gambling ring shakedown turn into a Supreme Court case that would go on to change the way we treat criminal investigations in the United States? You will be assessed on your knowledge of the case's details and its impact on the criminal justice system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will help you better understand the following:

  • Details of the Mapp v. Ohio case
  • Weeks vs. The United States
  • The ACLU's involvement
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution
  • The impact of Mapp v. Ohio
  • Liberal and conservative opinions of the Supreme Court's decision

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about civil liberties, as defined by the Constitution, in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the impact of Mapp v. Ohio
  • Making connections - use knowledge of the Supreme Court's impact to understand the far-reaching implications of this case

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson titled Mapp v. Ohio in 1961: Summary, Decision & Significance will prepare you to:

  • Describe the details of the police's search of Dollree Mapp's home and Mapp's arrest
  • Define an 'amicus brief' and explain why the ACLU submitted one for this case
  • Explain the interpretations of the Constitutional amendments that were involved in this case
  • Discuss the impact of subsequent Supreme Court cases on Mapp v. Ohio