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Searches and Seizures I

Searches and Seizures I

Discover the specific types of government action that will trigger the Fourth Amendment, namely searches and seizures.


Before governmental action can be subject to the Fourth Amendment, the action must count as a search or seizure. United States v. Jacobsen, 466 U.S. 109 (1984). A search is either (1) a governmental violation of a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy, or (2) a governmental intrusion onto constitutionally protected private property, for the purpose of obtaining information. Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347, 351 (1967); Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27, 34-35 (2001); United States...