Thursday, June 15, 2006

This really bugs me

Today, the High Court sided with Big Government, allowing police officers armed with a warrant to barge into a suspect's home without knocking.

Scalia said that by making officers knock first, then entering a few minutes later posed a risk of the suspect fleeing or being able to supress evidence.

Hey, did you know that cops only wait outside the front door, then approximately 10minutes later they enter the home after knocking and identifying themselves? Did you know this is specifically to allow suspects plenty of time to ditch the drugs and climb out the side window?

*rolleyes emoticon here*

I'm with Justice Breyer on this one:

"It weakens, perhaps destroys, much of the practical value of the Constitution's knock-and-announce protection," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for himself and the three other liberal members.
Even O'Connor, during the original argument, "worried aloud that officers around the country might start bursting into homes to execute search warrants. She asked: 'Is there no policy of protecting the home owner a little bit and the sanctity of the home from this immediate entry?'"

Welcome to the United States, where liberalism is a church all its own and conservatives rule the land.