Wilson v. Layne

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In Wilson v. Layne, 526 U.S. 603 (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it is a violation of the Fourth Amendment for the police to invite the media to accompany them during execution of a search warrant.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist, writing for a nearly unanimous Court, held that:[1]

While executing an arrest warrant in a private home, police officers invited representatives of the media to accompany them. We hold that such a "media ride along" does violate the Fourth Amendment, but that because the state of the law was not clearly established at the time the search in this case took place, the officers are entitled to the defense of qualified immunity.


  1. 526 U.S. at 605-06.