Wiretaps, 1928, Olmstead v. United States
The Facts of the Case
Roy Olmstead had been suspected of being a bootlegger. Federal agents planted wiretaps in the basement of Olmstead’s building (where he had an office) and in the streets surrounding his home without judicial clearance. The wiretaps provided evidence that led to Olmstead’s conviction. This case was determined alongside Green v. United States, in which Green and several other defendants were found guilty of conspiracy to violate the National Prohibition Act by importing, possessing, and distributing prohibited liquors based on unlawfully obtained wiretapped communications. McInnis v. United States was also decided in this case.