Fourth Amendment

Brandon Rodarte

The right of the people to be secure in houses

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 warrant shall issue, nut upon probable cause.

Historical background of amendment four

The founders believed that freedom from government intrusion into ones home. In 1604, Sir Edward Coke identified this right. He said "The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence for response". When the 4th amendment became apart of the constitution , It was originally for the federal government.

Amendment four in my words

No police officer can just walk into your house unless they have a search warrant and a good exact reason why they have to search and exactly where.

Name of court case

United States vs. Leon 1983

Why they are going to court?

Because a police officer stopped Leon and Evans for a traffic violation and had a warrant to search them and found marijuana. Evans is using the fourth amendment because the police officer searched with invalid warrant according to Leon.

Courts decision

The courts decision was ruling that evidence obtained under a warrant that is later used to be invalid could be used if the law enforcement officer acted reasonably.

Supreme court cited source

"Fourth Amendment." Constitutional Amendments: From Freedom of Speech to Flag Burning. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: UXL, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.