Thursday, May 19, 2011
Fourth Amendment Fight Not a Republican or Democratic Issue
As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled in a case that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution essentially does not apply in Indiana.
It didn't take long for a friend of mine to post on his Facebook page that liberals were essentially dancing in the streets that this ruling was handed down, and that's simply not true.
A poll on WRTV's website found that 91 percent of Hoosiers disagreed with the court's ruling even though the ruling makes some sense when you read the facts of the case, Barnes v. Indiana. Whatever those facts were; the ruling of the court was written so overbroadly that even many of the most liberal legal observers have said it went too far.
Certainly, this case will be heard by the United States Supreme Court, and it should be. The Indiana Supreme Court's ruling needs to, in my opinion as a citizen, be significantly narrowed. To say that citizens have no right to stop police from illegally entering their homes seems to smack of violation of the U.S. Constitution and common law dating all the way back to the Magna Carta.
When that happens, no one wins...liberal or conservative. We cherish our rights in this country, and we've seen them eroded in the last 10 years. This is a battle that Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, and everyone else needs to join together and win. If police have no reason to enter your home, they should not have the green light to enter it, period.