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Friday, January 14, 2011

Warrantless searches give off a bad smell

From The Town Talk:
According to the Fourth Amendment people have the right 'to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,' and that right '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.'

There is little ambiguity in that statement. We have the right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures.

The problem is that over the years the U.S. Supreme Court has broadened the definition of what is reasonable and what isn't -- thus allowing more and more instances where police can search you, your car, your home and your possessions without first securing a warrant.

They've broadened the definition of probable cause as well, and it looks as though they may consider broadening it again.

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