Police don’t have to knock, justices say

By | June 15, 2006

Police dont have to knock justices say

Your rights are slipping away. This slow crawl into an Orwellian hell is happening in the same way I used to catch lizards: Just move slowly closer, then move away a little, then closer still … you inch up on them, then BAM! They are trapped in your hand. Then you cook them and eat them.**

“The case tested previous court rulings that police armed with warrants generally must knock and announce themselves or they run afoul of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches…. O’Connor had worried aloud that officers around the country might start bursting into homes to execute search warrants. She asked: “Is there no policy of protecting the home owner a little bit and the sanctity of the home from this immediate entry?”… Alito and Bush’s other Supreme Court pick, Chief Justice John Roberts, both supported [this decision] … [while] four justices complained that the decision erases more than 90 years of Supreme Court precedent. “It weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Constitution’s knock-and-announce protection,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for himself and the three other liberal members.” – cnn

** Okay, I’ve never really eaten a lizard but I have caught them this way.

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