Fourth Amendment

The Big Rights - 4th, 5th, & 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments

Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property - foundations of our freedom!

Amendment Four
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.

Amendment Five
No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

Amendment Six
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury…and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment Eight
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.

Amendment Fourteen
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

Questions to consider
1. Do we have too many rights or too few?
2. How should we balance liberty and security?
3. If I haven’t done anything wrong, why should I need these rights?
4. Is it better to let one hundred guilty men go free than to punish one innocent man?

• Should I have to go through a metal detector to board an airplane?
• Should random DWI traffic stops be allowed?
• Should the government be allowed to search my library records?
• Should schools be allowed to search students' cell phones?
• Should middle school students be allowed to be strip searched?
• Should terrorists be granted the writ of habeas corpus?
• Should terrorists be waterboarded?
• Should terrorists be given fair trials?
• Should the government be allowed to detain a person indefinitely?
• Should illegally obtained evidence be allowed in my trial?

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin 1759
"The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” Justice Robert H. Jackson 1949

Can middle school students be strip searched at school?
Here is the case of Savana Redding

What do you think?
What does the Supreme Court think?