Friday, May 13, 2011


"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."

That's the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. I think it's a good idea that the government should have to justify any intrusion into any citizen's home.

Like a lot of the protections afforded us by the Constitution, the 4th Amendment has been more loosely interpreted than most libertarians and constitutionalists would have approved.

It got a lot looser this week, at least in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court ruled that if a police officer decides to enter your home for any reason, you don't have the right to stop him.

"In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry."

I'm pretty sure that's what they were concerned about when they put the amendment in there in the first place.

I'm not sure why those judges think it's in there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything that can be done about this? It violates the Indiana Constitution, too?

8:35 AM  

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