We’ve finished the original Constitution and are now looking at the amendments. Today, we’ll consider the Fourth Amendment.
This post is part of a series that will make more sense if it is read in order. If you haven’t read the earlier posts in this series, please click here to start with the first one. One reason I’ve broken this series into fairly small parts is that we have a tendency to rush through reading the Constitution and miss a lot of it. I hope the readers of this series will ponder the points in each session. I also hope you will comment on each post as we go along.
Throughout this series on the Constitution, my comments will be in black normal font, and the text of the document will be in this color and italicized.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This was another one of the experiences under the king the founders wanted to protect us against. Sometimes this has resulted in allowing lawyers to get evidence tossed out of criminal trials and resulted in letting guilty people go free, but it’s still a protection most Americans wouldn’t want to give up.
Benjamin Franklin, exiting Constitutional Convention:
“We’ve given you a republic, if you can keep it.”
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I think it might be kind of fun to have the cops search my place. I wonder what they’d think?
Unless it’s my laptop, then, no way Jose. There’s too much incriminating stuff in my search history for that to ever happen. Hey, I’m a writer, we research weird stuff, like how to poison someone or get rid of a body, or sabotage someone’s car. Like that’s going to hold up in a court of law.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
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You must be as weird as I am, Patricia.
I think our founders were very wise to include this as an amendment to protect our rights.
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