fourth amendment

Nicole Ortega

what's the full text of the fourth amendment?

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

historical background


Growing tension between Great Britain and the American colonies led to the American Revolutionary War (1775—83), in which the colonies separated from the British Empire. The newly independent colonies (now states) formed a loose alliance with each other under the Articles of Confederation in 1781. Then in 1788, the states adopted the U.S. Constitution which established a much stronger central government.

supreme court case

In 1806, the Supreme Court heard its first Fourth Amendment case. This case involved John A. Burford, a Virginia merchant whose temper and behavior were so bad that his neighbors complained to several justices of the peace that they were worried he might commit a crime. In light of their testimony, a court order was issued requiring Burford to pay a bond of $4,000, which he would lose if he committed a crime.

court decisions

i think they made a fourth amendment so people can have there own freedom and the people won't have police coming in there house and stealing there personal things
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