Privacy in the Tech Age
SCOTUS: 4th Amendment Applies to 21st Century
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    So the 4th Amendment counts but the 9th and 10th are meaningless?

    • Andrew Allison

      The problem with the Ninth Amendment is that the additional rights protected are undefined. The Fourth amendment protects against the sort of overreach ruled upon here. What we sorely need, pace today’s post regarding the latest example of SWAT team overreach, are some Bill of Rights rulings on unwarranted force.
      The Tenth Amendment is not relevant to the case at hand, but State’s rights have clearly been trampled upon by all three branches of the Federal government in any number of other instances, and it’s high time we reversed this. The States should be much more aggressive in defending their rights by challenging legislation and regulations which violate them, and perhaps challenging the acceptance of cases by the Supremes. Similarly, the Supremes should pay careful attention to the Tenth Amendment before accepting cases, let alone rendering judgement.

  • ShadrachSmith

    This is a good use of the exclusionary rule. People’s papers and effects are now kept on citizen’s cell phones, and SCOTUS requires a warrant for searching that. Thank you Justice Thomas, I trace all the opinions confirming the clear meaning of the constitution’s limits on government power to Thomas’ influence. Well done.

    • FriendlyGoat

      I think that, since this was unanimous at SCOTUS and we’re on a women’s forum, I’ll confine my thanks to Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan. Why not? We can be quite assured, after all, that they will not be voting alongside Clarence Thomas unless he happens to trip over his briefcase and accidentally fall on the side of sense.

  • FriendlyGoat

    This decision is good but it does not, as implied in the last paragraph, excuse this Court for the errors of Citizens United and the disregard of the militia purpose in the Second Amendment in a gun case. These cases aren’t all somehow similar just because they involve interpretations of the “Amendments”.

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