Carpenter v. United States (2018)

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Carpenter v. United States was a SCOTUS in the Classroom case. It was decided on June 22, 2018.

Each term Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to conduct moot courts the same week the case is argued, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments.

Case Issue:

Did the government need to get a warrant before gathering location data about Carpenter’s cellphone from his wireless company?

Case Briefs:

Oral Argument:


News Articles and Resources:

  • SCOTUSblog: The justices return to cellphones and the Fourth Amendment: In Plain English
  • Video: Debate on ‘Carpenter v. United States,’ the Fourth Amendment cell-site case

How to Conduct a Moot Court or a Mini-Moot Court:

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This resource was developed with support from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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