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The Fourth Amendment:
"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."

The fourth amendment gives the right to searches and seizures which states that anyone's private property cannot be searched without a warrant and a legitimate reason. I personally like this amendment because it give people privacy and protection. I am strongly for privacy and protection because I think that everyone deserves it. Since the United States Constitution has been created there have been many supreme court cases involving all of the amendments. Some of the supreme court cases involving the fourth amendment are: Florida VS Riley:

The case Florida vs. Riley is about a Florida county sheriff being told that a man was growing marijuana on his 5 acres of rural property. The greenhouse was the defendant's mobile home. Since the sheriff couldn’t see the greenhouse he got a helicopter and circled around the house and found marijuana growing. A warrant was obtained and marijuana was found in the greenhouse. Riley successfully argued before the trial court that the aerial search violated his reasonable expectation of privacy. The Court of Appeals disagreed, siding instead with the state, but the Florida Supreme Court agreed with Riley and overturned the Court of Appeals. I think that the supreme court made a fair decision in ruling this case because Riley's fourth amendment rights were violated. California v. Greenwood:

In early 1984, Investigator Jenny Stracner of the Laguna Beach Police Department learned from various sources that Billy Greenwood might be selling illegal drugs out of his single-family home. In April, Stracner asked the neighborhood's regular trash collector to pick up...
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