Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Not so much

"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."

I hope that sounds familiar to you--it's the text of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Which, according to the California Supreme Court, no longer applies in California. I hope the defendant in this case, who obviously isn't a choir boy, is able to appeal it to the US Supreme Court. Because choir boy or not, what California is doing to him, they can now do to any citizen of the state, or any visitor. I also have no doubt that police agencies, always perfectly willing to take the "easy way" (read "extra-civil rights") when it comes to "catching criminals" (IMHO) are watching this one and waiting.

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