Law: The Boundaries of Privacy

A court O.K. for police searches of factories and fields

The Fourth Amendment bars "unreasonable searches and seizures" by Government agents. But where exactly should the line be drawn? Is it "unreasonable" when 15 to 25 armed agents of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service descend on a factory without warning, seal off the exits and systematically interrogate employees? Or when police ignore fences and no-trespassing signs to search private land for marijuana plants without a warrant? In recent years the Supreme Court has appeared to push the boundaries in the direction of the...

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