Friday, June 15, 2007

Even Though Courts Gutted Fourth Amendment, It Makes a Great Fashion Statement

The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association is selling VIth Amendment bumper stickers and t-shirts as a fundraiser though CafePress. I asked Mark Bennett in the comments at Defending People whether they came in Fourth Amendment versions, and the oversight was quickly rectified. Regular readers know I think the courts have pretty much gutted the Fourth Amendment, but think of it as a nostalgia piece. Via Blawgraphy

"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."

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about I, II, III, V, VI, VIII, IX & X?

(I'm not such a fan of VII- civil juries as implemented tend to comprise the two-digit IQ portion of the population).

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Yes, where are the defenders of the Third Amendment (quartering of troops)? ;)

Arguably the Fourth, Ninth and Tenth are the most downtrodden. I know some would add the Second but at least that's being debated - on these three they've just been unceremoniously tossed by activist judges who at some point decided they were inconvenient.

Anonymous said...

I want my XXI commemerative t-shirt and shot glass.

JT Barrie said...

Actually our local school superintendent is a HUGE fan of number XVIII. He reasons that he never had to deal with drunken drivers until after repeal makes this amendment wonderful! But then again when prohibition was in effect there were fewer car owners, slower cars and less recreational driving too. Drunk driving really took off after the Second world war. At least with that Amendment the number of users went down. We may have stymied some health problems resulting from chronic use - or they reappeared as abuse of other substances.

whitsfoe said...

I got my "IV Amendment" T-shirt.

On the back I'll have silk screened:

"Got Milked?"