State of Washington v. Peck and Tellvik

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ACLU-WA filed an amicus brief with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that closed containers cannot be searched as part of a warrantless inventory search of an impounded vehicle. Even when (as in this case) a truck is stolen, opening a closed container in the truck while doing an inventory search violates strong privacy interests. This use of inventory searches risks revealing intimate, personal information or effects and we asked that the Court strictly limit their usage to maintain constitutionally protected privacy rights.