SCOTUS: Amply serving law enforcement’s interests versus society’s

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June 28, 2016
William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Searching the shed behind my house would certainly be 'significantly less intrusive' than searching my closet or requiring me to open the lock box in which I keep important personal documents. Does this mean that the police should be free to poke around in my shed without procuring a warrant based on probable cause to believe I've committed a crime, if doing so happens to 'amply serve their interests?' No, it doesn't. The Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures isn't there for the convenience of law enforcement. It's there to protect everyone else's rights from abuses BY law enforcement." (06/27/16)  

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