23 January 2012

It Was Unanimous






One of the animating issues of our Founding had a great day in court today:









The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must obtain a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. More here.

That is wonderful news and a solid smackdown to an ever-growing and intrusive government. When I served as a Magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the issuance of search warrants was, for me, one of the most serious and sobering of the responsibilities I had. I denied my share due to lack of probable cause. And, when in doubt, I always erred on the side of caution and denied, advising the law enforcement officer why he did not have probable cause. Of course, they could always try again. Sometimes they got it right the second time, sometimes they didn't. 

Our constitutional republic worked very well today. For that we should all be very thankful. This decision was a great victory for liberty.

2 comments:

Peter MacHare said...

Hear! Hear! And the 9-0 decision for freedom of religion is equally stupendous.

http://www.becketfund.org/supreme-court-sides-with-church-in-landmark-first-amendment-ruling/

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Peter. Yes, you're right. Another smack down. Gotta love those Nine to zip rebukes against tyranny!