The Law: Less Second-Guessing On Police Searches

The Supreme Court often winds up issuing one of its most important decisions on the concluding day of the term. Last week was no exception. Just before hanging up their robes for a badly needed summer recess—the 39-week term was among the longest ever—the Justices issued a ruling that means an immediate end to almost all review by federal courts of alleged violations by states of the Fourth Amendment's search and seizure provisions. The decision created far less of a public stir than the court's dramatic rulings on capital punishment (TIME, July 12), but it will actually have a greater...

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