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Text of 4th Amendment

From a February 8, 1995, Associated Press story:

During Tuesday's debate on a Republican proposal to allow unlawfully seized evidence to be used more often in court, lawmakers defeated an effort by Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., to substitute the Fourth Amendment for the proposal. The vote, generally along party lines, was 303-121.

Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., said the Fourth Amendment substitute would gut his bill. "The public is tired of (criminals) getting off on technicalities," he said.

Technicalities like, er, um, the Constitution! It's not clear whether members knew they were voting against the 4th Amendment at the time of the vote.

The Text of the 4th Amendment is as follows:

"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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Meanderings 2.02 -- February 1995