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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER8

The Fourth Amendment: Unreasonable Searches and Seizures

In This Chapter

  • Foundations of the Fourth Amendment
  • Unreasonable searches and seizures
  • The exclusionary rule
  • What about privacy?
  • Stop and frisk

The Fourth Amendment is one of the most cherished legal concepts in our democracy. It is a cornerstone of the right to privacy and sets the boundaries for what law enforcement authorities can do in terms of stopping you, entering your home or workplace or motor vehicle, and searching you and your property. The Fourth Amendment is a buffer between personal privacy and police power, but the rules that have been handed down by the courts ...

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