SCOTUS Weakens 4th Amendment Protection

The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the people from unreasonable searches and seizures the government. While there have been many legal battles and arguments over what is reasonable, the Court shave been very protective of citizens' rights when it comes to the home.

However, the Supreme Court recently decided a case this past Tuesday, February 25, 2014, which erodes some of that protection. They decided earlier this week, that law enforcement may come into a home, even without a warrant, if one occupant of the resident consents. This remains valid even if a different resident had already expressly said no. This sounds like childish behavior by the police, like when kids ask the other unknowing parent, when one already said no.

Generally, in order to enter a home, the police either need a warrant or an emergency. However, that protection has seriously been harmed. In fact, three of the United Stated Supreme Court Justices dissented against the decision. Justice Ginsburg said, "Instead of adhering to the warrant requirement, today's decision tells the police they may dodge it."

Categories: Constitution, Criminal law
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