The Don’t-Bother-to-Knock Rule – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/16/opinion/16fri1.html?ex=1150689600&en=95695c4cba23e074&ei=5087

Another step away from former privacy rules by the rejigged US Supreme Court, and it’s small enough and positioned in such a way that most Republicans will support it. But all these baby steps add up, and each ruling takes the US further down the path to Big Brotherhood. Once you get there, it will be impossible to go back and fix what will be so evidently wrong.

If Justice Sandra Day O’Connor had stayed on the court, this case might well have come out the other way. For those who worry that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito will take the court in a radically conservative direction, it is sobering how easily the majority tossed aside a principle that traces back to 13th-century Britain, and a legal doctrine that dates to 1914, to let the government invade people’s homes.

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