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Find Search and Seizure "Dog Sniffing case"

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Facts of the case:


Alfred, and his classmates were ordered to leave their classroom by the school's principal. They were required to walk past a deputy sheriff and his drug-sniffing dog. The dog alerted on one student (not Alfred). The dog was then used to sniff backpacks, jackets and other personal belongings left in the classroom. When the students returned to class, the dog again alerted on the same student. That student was taken away and searched. No drugs were found either on the student or in the classroom. Alfred sued in federal court (per 42 U.S.C. Section 1983) alleging deprivation of his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.




It is a 1999 case.


keywords to use: dog sniffing backpack of high school student in California 1999



Find the case using findlaw.com or google scholar  Once you find the case, then state the name of the case, the case citation, when the case was decided, who won the case, why, and the legal principle the courts applied.


This is a Federal Case from the 9th Circuit - California. Since this is a federal case in California, which Federal District Court - click here, then go to findlaw.com - click here then go to Federal, and then the District Court for California, type in the keywords - "classroom" "backpack" "dog", "sniff" etc. that is where, what and how type questions. You should find the case by that method. Then post the information required. (see above)


additional resources

search and seizure and 4th amendment 


42 U.S.C. 1983







































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