Fourth Amendment Research Paper by The Research Group

Fourth Amendment
Examines its purpose, warrants in 16th and 17th Century England, while discussing tax laws in the colonies and exploring police guidelines, probable cause and reasonable suspicion, court cases, officers' judgment and constitutional implementation.
# 19580 | 3,600 words | 25 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Feb 22, 2003 in Law (International) , Law (Constitution) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)

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"Fourth Amendment and Drug Enforcement

Historians who have analyzed the framers' reasons for adopting the fourth amendment have consistently reached the same conclusion. The framers sought to ensure that the newly formed federal government could not employ the two devices used by the British Crown that they believed jeopardized the liberty of every citizen: the general warrant and the writ of assistance..

From as early as the sixteenth century and most prominently during the era of the infamous Star Chamber, the general warrant was the most powerful legal weapon in England against critics of the Crown. The Crown regarded all critical pamphlets as libelous, and it used the general warrant to conduct "search and destroy" missions by which to identify and to close down libelous ..."

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