The American justice systems is among the most respected in the world. It has changed a lot since its creation in the United States over 200 years ago. It is less biased and more professional than it was in slavery. Experience is the key to everything that happens in court today. You’ve heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect,” and courts have seen a greater number of cases over the years. America has seen many landmark cases, mostly at its Supreme Court, which have helped to shape the country we know today. These cases have dealt with everything from racism (Korematsu V. US), to murder cases involving very famous celebrities (The People of the State of California against OJ Simpson). These cases all share one thing: the way evidence was collected. Mapp, v. Ohio shows that almost all cases involve some sort of tangible evidence. Every law enforcement officer who seeks evidence has to be able to get search warrants because of this case. This case helped shape today’s justice system.
What makes a case landmark? It is the case type? Or what was the end result? Or perhaps even the subject of the case? Mapp V. Ohio was a mixture of all three. The case of Mapp v. Ohio saw a black woman defend the law in the midst of one of America’s most difficult decades. Many also consider it to have launched the ‘due-process revolution’ in American justice. Although many people believe this case is the most significant US case since the Constitution was ratified, it was decided 50 years ago. This important outcome meant that any state official could search private property without a search permit from the court. This ruling has made America a democracy and protected citizens’ rights. This ruling is perhaps the most important in world justice. Dollree Mapp was a Mississippi native who became pregnant at the age of 17 without the support of her father. (Mapp, 2018). After her move to Cleveland, she continued living a lavish life by relating herself to prominent boxers. Mapp left Cleveland to pursue her business dreams. She launched one after another. Some of them were legit, others were just part and parcel of her imagination. After her divorce, she moved back to Cleveland in Ohio with Jimmy Bivins, a great boxer. Mapp claimed that Bivins had defeated her, which resulted in a messy divorce. Mapp became engaged to Archie Moore shortly after her divorce. But, they never got married. Moore was sued later by Mapp for breaching her promise. All these experiences led her to making history. Dollree Mapping did the almost unimaginable. In the 1950s-1960s, she stood up to white police.
Mapp’s 1957 year would have been a shock to none of her friends. Mapp was described as “brilliant”, “bright,” and “beautiful” by her niece. (Mapp 2018, 2018). Mapp was taken care of by her niece in her later years. Mapp was just saying yes to all of her closest friends. The police in Cleveland were also investigating an alleged bombing at Don King’s home, a prominent boxing promoter. Dollree Mesep was allegedly the hiding place of the bomber, according to police. Three officers arrived at her front door and demanded that she be allowed in. She refused to allow the police in and called her lawyer. Alexander Kearns, her lawyer, advised her to reject the police officers and allow them into her home only if they had a search warrant. Kearns told her that even if they had brought a warrant, she would have to go through it and verify it was legitimate. Mapp kept her door locked as more officers arrived to Mapp’s house. Three hours later, one of the police officers obtained a’search warrant’. A total of 15 officers were now requesting to be allowed in with the’search warrant’. Mapp was confronted by a lieutenant who stood right in front her and waved his search warrant.
Mapp asked for the search warrant to be read by the lieutenant, but he refused. Mapp then grabbed the warrant from the hand of the lieutenant and placed it in his blouse. After much confusion, a lieutenant ran after Mapp and took the warrant out of his hands. They forced their way in to her home and ransacked every inch of it, even though they didn’t find any obvious suspects. The sergeant who took Mapp’s search warrant from Mapp’s blouse discovered a box containing obscene materials. It contained nude sketches as well as four books considered ‘improper’. Mapp explained to police that the items were not hers. They belonged to her former roommate. She claimed she kept them as they were not hers to throw away. Mapp was allegedly unable to resist the constant stream of officers who repeatedly rejected her for their obscene materials.