21st Century Fourth Amendment

Why Conservatives Need to Focus on the 4th Amendment

The Fourth Amendment is one of the most important arrows in the quiver against bullying big government.  Conservatives have a window to influence how the Fourth Amendment will be defined in ways that protect freedoms, yet maintain security, just as the Founders envisioned the purposes of government.

Conservatives Can Win With 4th Amendment Reforms

Today, with the unprecedented level of attacks on religious liberty, free speech, and free markets, Americans need the Fourth Amendment. Unfortunately, the Fourth Amendment has been shredded, but fortunately for the preservation of liberty under the Consitution help may be on the way.

America's Soft Police State

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Today Americans live in a soft police state. We may not sense its severity and doom like runaway slaves or Anne Frank, but the freedoms of the greatest number of Americans have never been more threatened and violated institutionally -- both openly and secretively -- by our own government. The Fourth Amendment, which is the law limiting government power to search and seize our persons and most private property, has been gutted by executive and administrative actions, Congress, and the courts -- the very bodies that were supposed to enforce it on government. 

No, the Fourth Amendment Is Not a 'Useless Piece of Paper'

Evan Bernick, Assistant Director, Institute for Justice

Any news that the Fourth Amendment is still being actively enforced by the courts is good news. At oral argument in Rodriguez v. United States, a case involving drug-sniffing dogs, Justice Sotomayor urged that if the arguments made by the Justice Department's lawyer were accepted, the Fourth Amendment would become "a useless piece of paper." On Monday, in an engaged opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, the Supreme Court rejected those arguments and breathed some life into an essential check on government power.

4th Amendment fight from Virginia hits Capitol Hill

CHERYL CHUMLEY, WND

A move in Virginia to rein in government powers and bolster the Fourth Amendment – and halt a perceived emerging police state – may have stalled in committee, but supporters aren’t giving up and have now turned to Capitol Hill for redress, pushing for a constitutional correction. “We now live in a soft police state because the courts have weakened the Fourth Amendment so much,” said Mark Fitzgibbons, a constitutional attorney and leading voice behind Virginia’s SJ 302 and HJ 578, the “‘Fourth Amendment’ for the 21st Century” introduced into the General Assembly a few weeks ago.

After 240 Years “General Warrants” Coming Back For Your Virginia Computer Records

Just when you thought Americans won the Revolutionary War, the Virginia General Assembly, which is on the brink of voting to have a Convention of the States to amend the United States Constitution, seems to have switched sides and is about to reestablish one of the tyrannical abuses our revolutionary forefathers fought to end.

A Constitutional Amendment to Protect Virginians’ Data and Pastures

This is the first installment of a sentence-by-sentence explanation of the proposed “Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century” to show the amendment is 100 percent based in sound Fourth Amendment principles and purposes consistent with the Framers’ vision. The first article, “WHY IT’S TIME FOR A 21ST CENTURY FOURTH AMENDMENT IN VIRGINIA,” provided general background about the amendment.

An Ivory Tower Fourth Amendment View to Be Ignored

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, ConservativeHQ contributor and constitutional lawyer, provides a strong rebuttal on Fourth Amendment specialist Professor Orin Kerr's misleading and internally contradictory view of the Virginia House of Delegates' 21st Century Fourth Amendment (HJ 578), which is designed to add clarity for citizens, law enforcement, lawyers and judges on unreasonable search and seizure.