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January 19, 2020

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Search and Seizure
Last Featured: 10/27/2003

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From breaking down doors to braking for roadblocks, the U.S. Supreme court has loaded its docket for next term with at least three cases that challenge search practices of law enforcement. While police are granted wide latitude to investigate crime, they must follow the established rules of a free society and maintain respect for individual rights. It is an ongoing, real-life game of tug-of-war with defense attorneys and other civil libertarians holding the line on one side and police and prosecutors pulling on the other.

Harry Litman is a distinguished visitor in Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, a joint venture of the university’s Politics Department, University Center for Human Values and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 1998 to 2001, he served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. As a federal prosecutor, Litman has served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice and as an assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, where he worked on several national cases, including the re-prosecution of the Rodney King case.

Andrew E. Taslitz is a professor at Howard University School of Law where he teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. He has also taught at law schools at Duke and Villanova. Prior to teaching, Taslitz was a prosecutor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after having spent several years in a litigation practice at Schnader, Harrison, Segal, and Lewis. The author of numerous books and law review articles on the Fourth Amendment, Taslitz is the current chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Criminal Justice Section, and the Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Magazine Editorial Board.

Closing Quote
"Liberty, the freedom from unwarranted intrusion by government, is as easily lost through insistent nibbles by government officials who seek to do their jobs too well as by those whose purpose it is to oppress. The piranha can be as deadly as the shark."

— Judge Alex Kazinsky, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

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