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Part 1 - Originalism - Fourth Amendment Method of Interpretation

A new approach to the Fourth Amendment has recently sprouted in Supreme Court jurisprudence.(212) Perhaps reacting to the flexible and judge-centered social norms model, the more conservative Justices have attempted to develop a method that restrains judicial discretion and provides more determinant answers. 221 more words

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Part 1 - Social Convention - Fourth Amendment Method of Interpretation

The dominant approach toward Fourth Amendment doctrine over the past half-century has centered on the notion of civil convention.(199) This is perhaps sensible, as the Fourth Amendment itself speaks in the language of reasonableness, and in the real world at least, what is reasonable is a function of society’s norms and practices. 294 more words

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The sanctity of your beach cooler

When the Framers of the Constitution drafted the Fourth Amendment, they foresaw police would want to look into your beach cooler during Labor Day weekend to ruin your fun in the sun. 398 more words

Civil Rights

California Bill Won't Nullify Drone Spying

They’re coming. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have been cleared to use the public airspace since the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act… 2,459 more words


Part 1 - U.S. Constitution - Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights

Amendment IV(195)

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. 151 more words

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Vampire Cops to Establish Nazi-style Checkpoints Over Labor Day Weekend

Checkpoints, ‘no refusal’ blood draws now standard fare during national holidays.

Image Credits: versageek, Flickr

The police state will be rolling out in full force this Labor Day weekend, as police departments in several states prepare to violate their citizens’ Fourth Amendment protections, under the guise of keeping drunk drivers off the road. 199 more words

US News

In the Matter of a warrant for all content and other information associated with the email account xxxxx@gmail.com maintain at premises controlled by Google, Inc. July 2014 (S.D.N.Y.)

* This is a magistrate’s written opinion, and has not yet withstood appellate scrutiny.  However the issues presented are important for future search warrant requests, and for general legal considerations in our cases. 1,124 more words