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April 26, 2018

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In this edition of Justice Talking, host Margot Adler and her guests take on the vexing issues of police surveillance and privacy in the home. The discussion begins with the case of Minnesota v. Carter and Johns, in which both the Minnesota and the United States Supreme Courts were asked to decide whether a cop acted lawfully when he peeked through a crack in closed blinds, witnessed drug packaging and made arrests without first obtaining a warrant. Did the police surveillance violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure? Do houseguests have a reasonable expectation of privacy when visiting another’s home?

Scott Swanson , an Appellate Attorney with the Minnesota State Public Defender in St. Paul, is counsel for Defendant Carter in Minnesota v. Carter and Johns and participated in the case before the Minnesota Courts and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his duties as a public defender, Swanson is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Writing at William Mitchell College of Law where he received his law degree.

Phil Prokopowicz , also a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, is a career prosecutor and currently, the head of the Criminal Division at the Dakota County Attorney's Office in St. Paul, Minnesota. Among other things, Prokopowicz has significant experience prosecuting major felonies including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and drug offenses and recently defended the state's actions in this case as it proceeded to the United States Supreme Court.

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"These principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their attainment. They should be the creed of our political faith, the text of civic instruction, the touchstone by which to try the services of those we trust; and should we wander from them in moments of error or of alarm, let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty and safety."

— President Thomas Jefferson from his First Inaugural Address

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