Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What Constitution? (warrantless searches)

My bad, I think. The only bill I could on this indicates that this is for sex offenders on parole, and thus under supervision, where the rules are different. It just surprises me that they need warrants to search a parolee's premises, but what do I know? I guess they do.

In any event I now understand the ACLU's position.

It seems there is no depth to which lawmakers will not descend when it comes to sex offender legislation. Not even the Constitution will stand in their way -- and when lawmakers are brazen enough to attempt to violate the Bill of Rights all I can say is, "America, it was nice knowing you."

N.C. lawmakers rush to pass sex-offender bills

RALEIGH — Grier Weeks has scorn for politicians who go after sex offenders with what he describes as trendy gimmicks.

“Given the choice of say, putting a GPS gadget on them and putting them on the Internet, and actually doing something,” the Asheville child advocate said, politicians “will go for the gadget every time.”


[Rep. Bruce Goforth, D-Buncombe] last year succeeded in banning sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center, and requiring repeat offenders to be monitored with an ankle bracelet linked to the Global Positioning System.

This year he’s supported efforts to make those rules more strict, including writing warrantless searches of sex offenders into law.

“We’re going to tighten the law on them,” he said. “I have no mercy on sex offenders.”

The state American Civil Liberties Union chapter said it’s satisfied with the version of that bill that passed the House. ...

Not even the ACLU can be relied upon anymore.

Amendment IV

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.

If this bill passes and stands, the 4th Amendment is dead.


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