The Importance Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Fourth Amendment passed by congress in September 1789, and ratified again in December of 1791. It gave people the right to feel safe in their own houses, their castles. The Fourth Amendment gives people the right to be secure in their homes, their persons, that they cannot be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures. That no warrants shall be issued without any probable cause; and that in the warrant the places to be searched, or things to be seized must be clearly described and listed. There are a couple famous cases which helped the Fourth Amendment to become passed, both here and in Britain. One is known as Wilkes versus Wood, and it happened in 1763. Wilkes sued the courts over agents trespassing, breaking of his locks, and the…show more content…
Simply because before this was added, police did not have to have a reason to come in to your house and search your property, or even to search your person. King George the Second passed so many tax collection laws that smuggling became very common place in America, it was common place to be stopped and harassed by the police because they wanted to make as much money off America as possible. Tax collectors were allowed to interrogate anyone they wanted to, and search and seizures of private property became so common place it was…show more content…
“In addition, she claimed that the warrant and its execution were overboard, that the officers failed to comply with the “knock and announce” rule, and that the officers had needlessly destroyed property during the search” (Cornell Law). The District Court denied the police officers motion that they were entitled to qualify for immunity, as did the Court of Appeals; although the Court of Appeals did state that Mena 's claim that the warrant service was overboard, was incorrect. A jury found that both Officers Muehler and Brill violated Mena 's Fourth Amendment

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