Fourth Amendment

By: Therese Burgos

Fourth Amendment word for word

" 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 particulary describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Amendment in my words

The law enforcement cannot come into your house just because they are the police, they need a search warrant.

History behind Amenment

The Amendment was included in the constitution to enforce limitations. People have the right to be free of searches and seizures. It joined the bill of rights In 1789, it was not specified to any specific person.

Supreme Court Case

E.A Boyd & Sons was accused of not paying duties on a quantity of imported plate glass. An 1874 federal law gave the government the power to force Boyd & Sons to produce an invoice for the glass it had imported using the invoice as evidence, the government proved that the company had not paid the duty. The company protested that the law violated the force amendment. The Supreme Court disagreed. In 1967, the Supreme Court established a general rule for determining when a search requires a warrant.

cited sources

"Fourth Amendment." Gale Virtual Reference Library. N.p., n.d. Web.
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