It started as a conviction for possession of pornography. Police in Ohio raided Dollree Mapp's home looking for evidence in a recent bombing. They never showed her a search warrant. All they found were a few "lewd and lascivious books." But Mapp took her case to the Earl Warren Supreme Court, which used it as a keystone in its criminal procedural revolution.
Historian Carolyn N. Long examines that decision and its repercussions in a discussion of her book Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizure, on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10thSt.
In the 1960s the Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren examined almost every aspect of the criminal justice system in a process that became known as the "nationalization" of the Bill of Rights.
In Mapp v. Ohio the Warren Court ruled not only on the search-and-seizure question but also the "exclusionary rule" concerning the use of evidence not specified in a search warrant.
Long is associate professor of political science, director of the Public Affairs program, and associate director of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University - Vancouver. Among her books are Reflections on the Presidency: Selections from the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum and Religious Freedom and Indian Rights.
The Legal Landmarks series is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library, the Truman Library Institute, and the Federal Court Historical Society. It is funded by grants from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund with additional support provided by Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP. The series is co-sponsored by the University Press of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.