The Law Of The Land

1832 Words Nov 20th, 2014 8 Pages
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, 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.”
When the United States was formed in the 17th century, judges looked to English practice for guidance in their court proceedings. Regarding search and seizures, common law limited official power from English authorities to search private residences. It was not until the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were established that gave citizens inalienable rights and guaranteed protection from their own government. Citizens and businesses now have protections from unreasonable search and seizures under the Fourth Amendment, often in conjunction with the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment. It has been over two centuries since these rights were bestowed upon our nation, but it is still necessary to have a judicial branch continuing to interpret the law of the land. As time moves relatively forward, we are experiencing technological advancements and situations unlike anything encountered before, creating the question in the minds of many of whether or not we should feel threatened about our individual rights and liberties. The most appropriate body to answer this question is the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice, who reviews the constitutionality and…

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