The Text of the Fourth Amendment and Case Law Interpreting It

Although ratification of the Fourth Amendment answered any lingering doubts about the validity of the writs of assistance in the United States, the text of the Fourth Amendment raised questions of its own about the meaning of the terms “unreasonable,” “search or seizure,” “warrant,” “particularity,” “oath or affirmation,” and “probable cause,” not to mention other questions about the scope of such terms as “houses, papers, and effects.” The U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and state courts have spent more than 200 years grappling with these questions and continue to do so as new cases come before them.


Inside The Text of the Fourth Amendment and Case Law Interpreting It