The Supreme Court of the United States has eroded the rights guaranteed to every citizen by the U.S. Constitution. Any governmental body that takes upon itself the power to interpret the law, by necessity and application, changes the original intent of the framers of the constitution. When the people of the United States rely upon the U.S. Supreme Court to tell us what the Fourth Amendment means, then the people endow the Supreme Court with the power to make (legislate) the law. Consequently the Supreme Court takes more and more power from the people and distributes it to itself and by extension to the Federal Government. For example, please see the text of the Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their person, 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.
The words of the Fourth Amendment literally roll off the tongue because they were written by intelligent men. However, our U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the simple words into a tangled thicket of law and one needs a seasoned guide to navigate the swamp of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Please consider the following list of subtopics related to any and every Fourth Amendment issue. The topics are courtesy of FindLaw and not my creation.
- History and Scope of the Amendment
- Searches and Seizures Pursuant to Warrant
- Valid Searches and Seizures Without Warrants
- Electronic Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
- Enforcing the Fourth Amendment: The Exclusionary Rule