Monday, June 19, 2006

Activist Judges Jilt Fourth Amendment Provision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that police officers with warrants can barge into your home without announcing themselves. This materially overturns a 45-year-old precedent called the "exclusionary rule", which was made universal via the 1961 Mapp v. Ohio case and holds that evidence obtained improperly cannot be used in a court of law. Very sexy. What's more, the case, which ended in the usual 5-4 split decision, was actually argued twice: first when Sandra Day O'Connor resided, and second after she had retired and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. had taken her place. Neocons, you're getting me all hot and bothered!

Another brick in the wall.