By: Alec Ndiaye
Description Of 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 On The Fourth Amendment.
The British claimed the authority to issue Writs of Assistance allowing officials to enter private homes and businesses to search for evidence of smuggling.
Fourth Amendment In My Own Words.
The government cant go inside your property and search for evidence or items.
Supreme Court Cases Involving The Fourth Amendment.
Weeks V. United States, 1914
Weeks was convicted of using the mail service for the purpose of transporting lottery tickets.The police officers went to his house without Weeks consent.
Supreme Courts Decision.
The Fourth Amendment must be enforced in federal courts through the exclusion of evidence seized in violation of its requirements.