13 May, 2011

The Fourth Amendment Gets Torn a Bit More–Here In Indiana!

The Indiana Supreme Court today decided that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t matter anymore.

INDIANAPOLIS | Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.

"We believe ... a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," David said. "We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest."

Despite voting for President Barack Obama (D-USA), we’re pretty conservative here in Indiana. If our court can make a ruling like this, just wait until a similar case comes up in California.

Elections matter. Supreme court nominations matter. This is an abomination.

(wow, I’ve been using that word quite a bit lately)

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