Constitutional Policing

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Constitutional Policing

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution states:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search 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 seized.” The Fourth Amendment is clearly broken in the case of Weeks v. United States, it was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court unanimously held that the warrantless seizure of items from a private residence constitutes a violation of the Fourth Amendment. It also prevented local officers from securing evidence by means
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They handcuffed her for being “belligerent.” They didn't find the bombing suspect or the gambling equipment but they did find pornographic material in a suitcase next to her bed. She was arrested, prosecuted, and found guilty for possession of pornographic material. At the trial no search warrant was produced by the prosecution, nor was the failure to produce one explained or accounted for. At best, "There is, in the record, considerable doubt as to whether there ever was any warrant for the search of defendant's home.”

In Conclusion, in these three cases Weeks v. United States, Silverthorne Lumber Company, Inc., Et Al. v. United States, and Mapp v. Ohio , seem to be all about the how the police officers broke the fourth amendment when they performed a search and seizure, I noticed how all these cases where back in the 1900’s , it seemed like the police officers had no respect for the law, the Fourth Amendment, or the citizen of the resident. The courts acted right along with the police officers just as well, They may have committed crimes but there are rules and laws as police officers you have to follow to keep justice in the world. I do feel like now in “2013” we are doing better in maintain and following the Fourth Amendment, the courts are a lot more stricter than in the 1900’s .


Mapp v. Ohio. 367 United States. 643. (1961). Retrieved from


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