Fourth Amendment Case Decisions of the United States Supreme Court

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Why Fourth Amendment Summaries

My original interest in this subject was personal. I wanted to know the basis or rational used by the Supreme Court in the dismantling of the Fourth Amendment. This is documented on many web sites and the case for the demise of the Fourth Amendment is compelling.

In visiting these websites and reading cases and other's opinions on the subject, I found the material, while plentiful, was not generally arranged in a manner that easily allowed a layperson to find the material they were looking for or that the site owner thought might interest them.

I wanted a simple description of the facts of a case with a clear and abbreviated summary of the United States Supreme Court's opinion. I was able to find this on quite a few sites but the cases weren't arranged in a way to facilitate a simple understanding. Instead, there seemed to be one case to a page with advertisements lining the pertinent information or, in the case of some of the more famous case law sites, one case to a page and a search button.

So, I decided to create this site. There are no ads. Cases are arranged by decade and displayed chronologically by date of the decision. A basic case citation is provided for each case for those wishing to read the full opinions.

For those of you who have so openly shared your personal experiences in matters related to the Fourth Amendment, I must make this disclaimer. I am not an attorney nor do I offer legal advice in any form.

I'll continue to update the site as time permits. The subject is fascinating.


In researching the cases presented on this web site, I used the following sources as a tool for gaining a better understanding of the issues presented and as a source for the text of the decisions as rendered by the Supreme Court. I thank them all.

Cornell University Law School

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© Paul Kelly