The First Ten Amendments

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Cammack 1 Lillian Cammack Criminal Justice Professor Rohrbach September 9, 2012 The First Ten Amendments The first Ten Amendments to the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, were adopted in 1791. These amendments were added to the Constitution to protect the rights and liberties of an individual. I. Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition Cammack 2 As an individual, I had never before thought about what the Bill of rights meant to me. I cannot recall a time where I have had to exercise my rights. When I thought about the First Amendment, I automatically thought about the Freedom of Speech. I would say that is what most American’s think of in regards to the First Amendment. In reading this amendment, I now understand I…show more content…
There have been periods in our history when soldiers took over the property and homes of citizens without consent, but this has never been something I have had to experience, or even have family tell me about. I chose this picture because it represents to me I do have the right to say no. I can tell military personnel without hesitation that they do not have the right to come into my home or Cammack 5 onto my property and take it over as their own. We live in an area surrounded by military personnel, but they have never had reason to take over our homes or property. They have established homes and bases of their own. If for some reason, it did come to wartime, and the need to house soldiers did arise, I could not see myself saying no, as I had a son injured in Iraq. But I also know that I do have that right, and that no one can take it from me. IV. Right of Search and Seizure Regulated The Fourth Amendment tells us that people have the right to be secure in their persons, homes, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search and seizure. Unless there is a warrant which has been given for probable cause, authorities cannot enter your residence. This warrant must tell what is to be searched, whether it is a person, a home, or belongings, and it must be specific. This also means that probable cause applies in all arrest situations. “Probable cause is the likelihood that there is a direct link between a suspect and a crime.” (Fagin, 2012) The police must
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