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Transcript of Amendment III
What Does This Mean?
Why is it more important than the other amendments?
Example of Application in Society
Interpretation of Amendment
Our interpretation of this amendment is that no soldiers shall be stationed in a civilian’s home without their prior consent, even during war. The soldiers would have to have the official word from the house owner, in order to
quarter there. The only exception is if the soldiers have an official written consent from the government that states they have permission to quarter in a specific location. With that, they can legally quarter in said location, with or without consent from the owner.
Monday, 23 November, 2015
Art. VIII, No. III
What is the Amendment?
Why is it important to the Bill of Rights?
This amendment is important because it protects the privacy of property owners. This can protect their privacy by not having military looking through their belongings and monitoring their activity. The civilians need their privacy, and the quartering of soldiers there unnecessarily is violating the 3rd amendment.
The Best Amendment
By Stephany Fraticelli, Christopher Hicks, and Paul Thorpe
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
In 2013, Anthony Mitchell's rights were violated by police officers.
Police asked to stake out at Anthony's house
Anthony refused, so his house was later broken into by police, and he was fired at with pepperball rounds
He sued the police for infringement on his rights
In 2015, court ruled case as infringment on other rights, not the 3rd Amendment, because police do not classify as soldiers
Should the 3rd Amendment be altered to include police officers?
This amendment may seem as though it is not very important in modern times, since soldiers have little reason to quarter in a civilian's home at this time. However, this amendment was especially significant in colonial times. When the British ruled the colonies, British soldiers would live in civilians' homes, even in times of peace. Once the colonies separated from Britain's rule, the Founding Fathers of our country set amendments, such as the third, that prohibit the behaviors that were once deemed appropriate. Although not many situations that involve quartering of troops happen today, similar situations, such as military officials and law enforcers abusing power, do indeed occur. With the third amendment being enforced, they cannot overpower the privacy of the civilians they have sworn to protect. Quartering of troops was once a serious issue that the colonists finally overcame; therefore, it should not be overlooked, due to its lack of appearence in society.