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New Fourth Amendment case impacts fundamental officer/citizen relationship

In Utah v. Streiff, the Supreme Court reviewed the admissibility of evidence secured by a good-faith, but nonetheless illegal, investigatory stop. Closely adhering to precedent, a majority of the court excused the officer’s violation of Mr. Streiff’s Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, and allowed the government to admit illegally-seized evidence against him.

Justice Sotomayor’s dissent in the case describes how the court’s opinion could be used to the fullest extent: law enforcement can detain you, verify your identity and legal status, subject you to invasive pat-down searches, and lawfully arrest you on unrelated matters. The dissent correctly observes that using this opinion to its fullest extent would fundamentally alter citizens’ relationship with those who police them.

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