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General Warrants

  • By: John R. Vile
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

In specifying that warrants shall “particularly” describe “the place to be searched, and the persons or thing to be seized,” the Fourth Amendment reflected early Americans' disdain for general warrants, which gave authorities permission to conduct searches without specifying ...

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