Against writs of assistance, 251 years later

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February 26, 2012
Americans for Forfeiture Reform
by Eapen Thampy  
Posted in Commentary

"James Otis is important because his argument is at the core of why property rights are important and why it is necessary to enact limitations on the ability of the government to perform its duties. At the core of Otis’s argument is the notion that society itself cannot exist in a world where the general powers of search and seizure exist unchecked; otherwise, society will tear itself apart. In this sense, these powers are anarchic powers; they are incompatible with the notion of the rule of law itself." (02/24/12)

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