by Michael S. Rozeff, Lew Rockwell:
Unless the search passes certain legal criteria, it is illegal.
The search in Boston set a precedent, which means that such searches can be generalized to other places in America and to other situations, unless whoever authorized the Boston search is reprimanded and sanctioned for having ordered it. That seems to be Governor Deval Patrick, at a minimum.
Unless this search is clearly labeled and understood as being illegal and wrong, it creates a precedent. This changes the law de facto, even if not de jure. A de facto change will become a de jure change if only by interpretation
But what’s bad about such a precedent? What’s bad about the police having the power to make house-to-house searches routinely?
Consider what sorts of searches were common in totalitarian countries. This provides an inkling of the results of such police power.
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