Why The Fourth Amendment Is So Important

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Question one. The Fourth Amendment states that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” Just imagine a scenario where an individual is sitting in their house, and the police barge in and search the entire premises and the individual with no warrant or merit to the search? That type of life would be perverse on itself, let alone frightening. Cases like Katz, Jones, and Oliver exemplify why the Fourth Amendment is so important to our everyday lives and wellbeing.
The United States v. Jones case is distinguished by the use of GPS tracking (as that was not an entity when the Fourth Amendment was created). Antoine Jones was arrested for drug possession after police attached a GPS tracker to his car for more than the allowed time the warrant held out for. With this case, the U.S. Supreme Court universally established that Americans have constitutional protections against GPS surveillance by law enforcement. In this day and age, GPS tracking is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment. The founding fathers who put together the Constitution never imagined technology like this, so they had no reason to include examples like this case in the Fourth Amendment. As the Fourth Amendment
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Gates is important because the probable cause of arresting the Gates goes off of an anonymous tip. The Illinois police department received a tip that the Gates were selling drugs out of their home and were trying to smuggle them out of state. After the police surveyed the Gates, they attained a warrant and discovered large amounts of marijuana and other contraband. The Aguilar- Spinelli test was then replaced by the totality of the circumstances test after this case was established. The Supreme Court recognized that if a tip or an informant has enough accuracy, dependability and information that is important to a case, then probable cause can be used to get a
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