Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century

Why We Need James Otis

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, The American Thinker

John Adams wrote about James Otis’ fiery argument in court against the Writs of Assistance in 1761: “[T]he child independence was then and there born.” A 1783 eulogy poem written by Thomas Dawes described Otis as “first in patriot fame.”

Religious Conservatives Best ‘Get Right’ With the 4th Amendment

The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex "marriage" will now pit the power and resources of the federal, state and even local governments against individuals, churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, colleges, home schoolers, and all legally recognized -- and regulated -- human endeavors that communicate and act in ways consistent with the religious and ancient tenet that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman.

4th Amendment ideological blinder of the week

John Wesley Hall is a Fourth Amendment expert and blogger for whom I normally have tremendous respect. I don’t know his politics, but he’s obviously not a conservative. Otherwise he would know that conservatives in the grassroots and even some in Congress such as Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have been outspoken in protecting Fourth Amendment rights. 

Conservatives Urge Senator Lee on 4th Amendment Protections

One hundred conservatives from across the country sent Senator Mike Lee a letter urging him to abolish the use of “judge-less” administrative subpoenas to obtain emails of Americans.

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.

Politicians, Courts Have Created Contempt for Law Enforcement

Mark Fitzgibbons, Special to

Police risk their lives each day to keep us safe by enforcing laws under sometimes dangerous circumstances. They deserve our respect and thanks, and our prayers for their safety. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights is our "supreme" law governing government. Failures by politicians and the courts to honor this law over government have helped create unrest in some communities, and uneasiness among those who are natural allies of frontline law enforcement officials.

Restore the Fourth

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Townhall

If you plan to visit a college campus this month, don't be surprised if you see signs and placards encouraging you to "Restore the Fourth." Restore the Fourth is not about an athletic event or a holiday; it is about human freedom. The reference to "the Fourth" is to the Fourth Amendment, and it is badly in need of restoration.

4th Amendment fight from Virginia hits Capitol Hill


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.

Virginia Fourth Amendment adds needed clarity to “reasonable search and seizure”

Today we present another in our series of "modern Federalist Papers" supporting Virginia's "Fourth Amendment for the 21st Century." Unlike police, many officials and employees in our vast state and local administrative agencies often have little or no proper training in law or law enforcement, yet have law enforcement authority that results in mistaken or even abusive applications inconsistent with the laws they are charged with enforcing.