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January 31, 2009

Syllabus, January 31, 2009

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January 30, 2009

Katz v. U.S., Relevant facts

As promised, here are the facts of Katz v. U.S. from my notes. Use them as a model for your own list of facts for "Exploring Further..." excerpts 1-2. You should read pages 12-20 to get the full explanation of the case excerpts and how to write up your case summaries for the cases for the rest of the semester. Remember that for most of the cases, we always begin with the actions of law enforcement officers, and where relevant, the actions of citizens, and the circumstances surrounding the actions.

Katz v. U.S.
Facts

1. During February, FBI observed Katz at certain times almost every day enter one of a bank of 3 public telephone booths, close the door, pay his toll, and talk.
2. FBI put a microphone and recorder attached to the microphone outside on top of two of the booths; phone company put the third “out of order.�?
3. FBI turned on the mike and recorder only when Katz was approaching and in the booth between February 19 to February 25, 1965
4. Katz went into the booth, closed the door, put money in the slot
5. FBI heard Katz make bets and get betting information. (FBI heard only Katz not the other party.)
6. FBI transcribed what Katz said
Summary of government actions: watched, listened, recorded, transcribed