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The Fourth Amendment Handbook

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.…” In doing so, it guarantees what Louis Brandeis called “the right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.”

Today, when so much of our time is spent online or on our cell phones, this right is as important as ever. New technologies raise new questions about the proper application of the Fourth Amendment, and our courts sometimes struggle to keep up with the dizzying pace of innovation. 
If you’re looking for a user-friendly reference guide to keep you up to speed on Fourth Amendment law, The Fourth Amendment Handbook is for you. Now in its fourth edition, this ABA publication begins with an introductory essay outlining the history of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, followed by a survey of all Supreme Court Fourth Amendment cases through January 2019. T…
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