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Searches and Seizures: The Fourth Amendment: Its Constitutional History and Contemporary Debate (Bill of Rights) Paperback – January 15, 2011
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I'm taking off a star because I feel that some of the excerpts were too short to really get a sense for what the author was saying, and because the forwards by the editor didn't really give me a context about the debates. For example, the first section dealt with whether the fourth amendment should be interpreted the way it usually has (warrants are generally required) or whether the fourth amendment should be taken as two separate ideas altogether, ignoring the word "and," so that warrants should not be required. The book gave excerpts supporting both viewpoints but I'm not sure how much academic weight these arguments have. Scalia may have endorsed the warrants-not-required approach, but Scalia endorses a lot of things - some accepted, some not. I have no idea whether this is a large debate for legal academics or if this was just a good, thought-provoking way to start off a book regardless of the intensity of the debate. I don't know if I'm reading a debate between equally accepted ideas or a debate between those who think the world is round and those who think it is flat.
Still, the book has been a great read, and I recommend it for people who want to start exploring the concepts surrounding the fourth amendment.