ABA: Fourth Amendment Takes Center Stage at High Court

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The Fourth Amendment was the “lead story for criminal justice cases” during the 2012-2013 Supreme Court term, according to the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) recently released “The State of Criminal Justice 2014.”

The newest issue of the ABA’s annual review, which examines major issues, trends and changes in the criminal justice system, declares that “driven by Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrated fundamental doctrinal shifts in analyzing what is a ‘search’ and when warrants may be required.”

That shift continued during the most recent Supreme Court session, during which the justices declared that police require a warrant to search cell phones.

Editor’s note: For more on the cell phone decision, refer to today’s opinion column by attorney and Fourth Amendment expert Caleb Mason, linked HERE.

Other topics covered in the review, include major Congressional efforts to reform the federal criminal code, including the creation of a special House of Representatives Task Force on Over-Criminalization.

The review also includes chapters on white-collar crime, cybercrime, indigent defense, domestic violence law, juvenile justice, racial justice and other major issues in criminal justice.

To purchase the full review or download the executive summary for free, click HERE

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