The Taft Court (1921–30)

Criminal Justice and Procedure

Did the U.S. Supreme Court ever overrule Olmstead?

Yes, the Warren Court overruled Olmstead in Katz v. United States (1967), finding that wiretapping constituted a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. In Katz, the Court wrote that the underpinnings of Olmstead had been “eroded” and “can no longer be regarded as controlling.”


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