Thursday, June 25, 2009

Why the Supreme Court matters

In case you were wondering if it really matters who the next Supreme Court justice is, the answer is yes. Today, the Court ruled that even 13 year olds are protected from unreasonable search and seizure.

It was an 8-1 decision with Clarence Thomas dissenting, again choosing that individual rights should defer to government rights. In his dissent, he rails against "deep intrusion into the administration of public schools" and argues that Judges and Courts are not "qualified" or "authorized" to "second-guess" school administrators.

That's exactly wrong. There will always (unfortunately) be over-zealous school administrators and other government officials. The Fourth Amendment protects us from them. Is this really that hard to understand?
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches 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 to be seized.

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