Fourth Amendment Troubles
The Supreme Court gave police broader search powers Monday during traffic stops, ruling that drug-sniffing dogs can be used to check out motorists even if officers have no reason to suspect they may be carrying narcotics.
In a 6-2 decision, the court sided with Illinois police who stopped Roy Caballes in 1998 along Interstate 80 for driving 6 miles over the speed limit. Although Caballes lawfully produced his driver’s license, troopers brought over a drug dog after Caballes seemed nervous.
I imagine most people pulled over are a bit nervous. I usually am since I’m typically pondering whether or not I’m going to get a ticket.
Caballes argued the Fourth Amendment protects motorists from searches such as dog sniffing, but Justice John Paul Stevens disagreed, reasoning that the privacy intrusion was minimal.
Of course, the courts have also ruled that the fourth amendment is invalid due to indoor plumbing and it’s invalid as long as everybody is stopped at a roadblock. So, why do we have the fourth amendment again? I mean, I’m just asking since it seems like we don’t really use it.