“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.”
— The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
Every President has his day. In the case of one George Washington, that day arrived on December 15, 1791, nearly three years into his first term. The occasion was the passage of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. James Madison, our fourth president, revered as the Father of the U.S. Constitution, was credited with writing the Amendment. But that simplistic history denies the true visionary the credit he deserves. It was John Adams, our second president, whose body of work on “search and seizure” formed the language and structure of one of the key laws of the land he and former colonialists were proud to call their own.
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