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The Fourth Amendment

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Carlie Wilson

on 23 September 2013

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Transcript of The Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment
By: Carlie Wilson

The Fourth Amendment
Amendment Four is, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Why was the Fourth Amendment Written?
The Fourth Amendment was written to free people from unreasonable searches, and seizures, meaning if the police or other governmental authority wishes to search the person in question’s house, business, papers, bank account, or other personal items, they require a warrant.

Why was the Fourth Amendment written part two:
The warrant must be signed by the proper authority, in most cases the proper authority is a judge. In order for a warrant to be issued, the officer must provide valid reasoning why they think this person needs to be searched. If accepted they are given a warrant of search rights, if not and they do it anyways, it is deemed unconstitutional.
The History Of Amendment Four
The Fourth Amendment idea goes back a long time, as far back as 1604. The idea first came into play during the famous Semayne’s Case. The judge Sir Edward Coke, was known as the father of this Amendment, because he was the first one to identify the Amendment. He ruled that, "The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defense against injury and violence as for his repose."
The History Of Amendment Four:
By far the most famous English case was that of Entick vs. Carrington. In this interesting case, the king’s royal representatives burglarized the private home of Entick, searching for material that was critical of the king and his policies. They broke into locked boxes, desks, etc. Not hesitating to give unfair treatment to his home, and property.
When was Amendment Four written?
In 1886, in a case called Boyd vs. United States, the Supreme Court of the United States referred to Entick vs. Carrington as a "great judgment," "one of the landmarks of English liberty" and "one of the permanent monuments of the British Constitution." This established the Entick decision as a guide to understanding what the Founding Fathers meant concerning search and seizure laws when they wrote the 4th Amendment.

Who wrote the Fourth Amendment?
The Fourth Amendment was written by the Founding Fathers, but never truly understood until after the year 1886 after the case of Boyd vs. United States. After the case, it was deemed an Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

I thought this was a goofy picture showing a perfect example of why Amendment Four was created.
The above picture shows what (in my personal opinion) the Fourth Amendment would look like today.
As stated, Amendment Four, protects the rights of Americans to be free from searches without warrants.
In Conclusion
I have learned a great deal of new information on the Fourth Amendment, for instance I learned what started the reasoning of the Fourth Amendment in the first place. I also learned who played a role in the creation of the Fourth Amendment. I truly hope you have learned a little something extra from my presentation as well.
We Demand Freedom!
Come Back Here With A Warrant!
No Warrant,
No Searches

Try That again, and this time the law will not be on your side.
You Have No Right To Come Here With out a Warrant
Is The Fourth Amendment Still needed today?
The answer is yes. The Fourth Amendment protects the many rights of many americans, keeping the boundaries of privacy protected.
How does The Fourth Amendment Impact My Life?
This amendment impacts my life greatly. If I were to be falsely accused of committing a crime, I'd like to have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, so my property, and my possessions protected from destruction and unnecessary searches. because it is my property and unless they have a warrant they have no right to search it.
Pros And Cons of The Fourth Amendment
Pro- The Fourth Amendment protects out rights against unnecessary searches and seizures.
Con- It doesn't 100% protect our rights
Pro- It forces the authorities to require a warrant to search our property and possessions.

Why Is This Amendment Important Today? Is It Necessary and Current For Today's Times?
This amendment, when broken down, is basically the line that divides public from privacy. Without it, the police could come in whenever they wanted, and could search whatever they wanted and nothing would be private anymore. Making this Amendment both important, and necessary. This amendment, is also current, because it comes into play on a regularly day basis.
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