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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Mapp case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • suspected (to suspect)
    Definition: To think a person guilty without conclusive proof
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  • search warrant
    Definition: An order issued by a judge or magistrate giving police the power to search and seize items related to a crime
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  • obscene
    Definition: Immoral, indecent, or lewd
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  • appealed (to appeal)
    Definition: To formally request that a lower court decision be examined and reconsidered by a higher court
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  • evidence
    Definition: Oral statements, documents, and other material objects that are admissible as testimony in a court of law
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  • unreasonable
    Definition: Not supported by a warrant or by a valid exception to a warrant requirement (as when there is reasonable suspicion) and therefore unconstitutional; not reasonable
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