Dolly Goes to Washington
There, the state justices sorted out the mysterious search warrant once and for all. The cops had no warrant. The document that Sgt. Delau showed Mapp was a police affidavit used to secure a warrant, but he had not gone the next step of gaining a judges signature to authorize the search.
Mapp lost again, but she decided to press on, at a cost of $8,000, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her attorney filed the notice of appeal on June 15, 1960, three years after the police raid.
In his summary of appeal issues, Kearns wrote that Mapps constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments had been violated by the Cleveland police departments shocking disregard for human rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief supporting Mapps appeal.
In 1960, the Supreme Court received 2,313 appeal petitions. The justices agreed to hear fewer than one in 25 of the appeals.
Yet they agreed to consider Dollree Mapps case, with its search-and-seizure issues that had been left unresolved for decades in American criminal justice.
The Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments in Mapp v.