Sunday, May 22, 2011

The problem with a living constitution

is that in addition to judges creating parts that you like, they might also ignore parts that you like:

The court basically says that it's "against public policy" to require a warrant . . . .

It appears that law enforcement in Indiana is wasting no time in recognizing the power this gives them. Radley Balko points us to the news that one Indiana Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., from Newton County, has now stated that it's legal to conduct house-to-house warrantless searches (see update below).

Let's take a look at the original:

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.

Good think we've evolved as a society to be rid of barbaric notions about being secure in our persons, houses, and whatnot.

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