NJ v TLO

Wade & Shelby

ISSUE

TLO was a high school student in New Jersey who was suspected to have cigarettes in her purse. School officials searched her purse and discovered cigarettes, marijuana and a list containing people who earned her money.

DECISION

No decision. In an anonymous opinion, the Supreme Court restored the case to the calendar for reargument. The Court requested that the parties brief and argue the additional question of whether the assistant principal violated the Fourth Amendment in opening T.L.O's purse.

IMPACT

The impact of the case brought into question, "Does the exclusionary rule apply to searches conducted by school officials in public schools?" and was reviewed by the Supreme Court.