Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment

Strip Searches in the School Environment: The Reasonableness Standard

Continuing our series on what is permissible regarding school searches, we turn to how far officials can go when investigating students suspected of criminal activity. The school environment does permit searches under certain circumstances,... Continue reading →

Search Warrant Exceptions, Hollywood Style

It has been almost 50 years since Dirty Harry hit the big screen in 1971. In this scene, loose canon crimefighter Harry Callaghan meets with the San Francisco District Attorney and an appeals court judge. They inform a discombobulated Harry that the... Continue reading →

Can Chicago Police Officers Search My Cell Phone?

For the most part, judges are notorious slow in embracing new technology. A few years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the Justices used vacuum tubes to send messages to one another well into the 1970s. Typically, such episodes are simply... Continue reading →