What Difference Does It Make? Illegal Search and Seizure

October 28, 2013

Was the pre-dawn raid of a Maryland reporter’s home by federal and state officials a violation of Constitutional protections? It sure seems so. Read the description of what happened here or here, and decide for yourself.

U.S. Constitution, Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

U.S. Constitution, Amendment IV

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.

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