The First Ten Amendments Of The Constitution

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The first ten Amendments of the Constitution are the Bill of Rights which is a formal statement announcing the rights that the people of the United States had against the government. At the time of its inception, the American people felt additional protection was needed from the federal government, especially after the Constitution was ratified. These protections were later extended by way of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 (Davies, 1999). The Bill of Rights contain protections that are extremely vital to all Americans. The Fourth Amendment, which includes several protections, has one main objective — to protect the privacy of individuals from government intrusions (Davies, 1999). There have been a plethora of cases alleging Fourth Amendment violations. When rendering decisions on Supreme Court cases, the court uses the Warrant Approach, the Reasonableness Approach, and the Special Needs Doctrine as guides (Davies, 1999). The Fourth Amendment, is separated into two clauses. The first clause, deals with unreasonable searches and seizures and is known as the Reasonableness Clause. It states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures….” (U.S. Const. Amend. IV). In other words Americans have a right to feel safe in their homes and not have to worry about the government intruding on them. Additionally, the government can’t arrest a person or search their
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