Fourth Amendment: The Right to Privacy

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The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was written to protect citizens from unjust searches and seizures of their personal property. This is a sticky concept, one that has resulted in many complicated court cases in recent years. Rich Smith outlines the basic principles of the Fourth Amendment and the debates surrounding it in a very clear and concise manner. Smith first describes the conditions under which people lived before the Revolutionary War, including how law enforcement officials could take anything they wanted from persons accused of crimes. Because the founding fathers did not want U.S. citizens to live under these conditions, they established rules that officials must follow when confiscating material during an investigation or arrest. This book includes conditions under which no warrant is needed, when rights must be limited for the greater good, stopping a suspect before the evidence disappears, and privacy at public schools. Smith uses many examples from real life to illustrate the delicate balance between privacy and public safety. This would be an excellent reference for a students studying current events or the Constitution. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599289168
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Bill of Rights
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
The Knock in tke Middle of the Night     6
Rules That Must Be Followed     8
When No Warrant Is Needed     12
Limiting a Right for the Greater Good     16
Stopped Before the Evidence Disappears     18
Less Privacy at School     20
Reasonable and Unreasonable Seizure     22
The Name Game     26
The Big Picture     28
Glossary     30
Index     32
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