Wednesday, April 04, 2012

4th Amendment? We Don't Need No Stinking 4th Amendment

It would be a good thing if we didn't need it, because we pretty much don't have it anymore. $620,000 award in case of dog shot by deputy - Crime Scene - The Washington Post

While what happened to the dog is a shame, what happened to the 4th Amendment is even worse.

Basically the police seem to be able to enter a property they believe they need to. They "believed" the kid they were searching for might be inside. The fact that he was hiding doesn't change the fact that they didn't have permission to search. As far as I can tell, they had no probable cause. (It was his parents' house. He might be there, he might be somewhere else.)

Like I said, goodbye 4th Amendment. 9 and 10 are mostly ignored. 2 is better than it was - but still struggling. They get around the 5th all the time. So much for the 'land of the free.' More like a police state every year.

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