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Search and Seizure

  • By: Barry Latzer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The words “search and seizure” are associated with the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.” These words presuppose state action; that is, the Fourth Amendment is applicable only if a law enforcement agent or a ...

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