Privacy and the Law: How the Supreme Court Defines a Controversial Right

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POSDCORB
POSDCORB

There was a time when a crime was something the execution of which hurt or threatened to hurt others in the community (local, state, federal).  Part I crimes were crime everywhere: Homicide,  Rape,  Robbery (force),  Aggravated Assault,  Battery (touching), Burglary (domicile), Larceny/Theft,  Motor Vehicle Theft,  Arson,     Part II (not every state  had them) ... Simple Assaults , Forgery and Counterfeiting, Fraud, Embezzlement, Stolen Property Offenses , Vandalism, Weapons Offenses, Prostitution and Commercialized Vice, Sex Offenses (except rape and prostitution), Drug Abuse Violations, Gambling, Offenses Against the Family and Children,  Driving Under the Influence, Liquor Laws, Drunkenness, Disorderly Conduct, Vagrancy, All Other Offenses (except traffic), Curfew and Loitering Laws, Bad Checks, Curfew/Loitering/Vagrancy Violations, Disorderly Conduct, Driving Under the Influence,  Drunkenness, Family Offense – Nonviolent, Liquor Law Violations, Peeping Tom, Runaway (Juveniles Only), Trespassing, All Other Offense.    THESE have been expanded to include anything that could lead to a crime (terrorism) since WTC  and the government has gotten into the habit of confiscating cars (at check points), guns, bicycles, tools, electronics and then auctioning them off to augment their treasury to pay their largess.  They even confiscate ranches and apartment buildings and auction THEM off.  This makes the government a stealthy thief and like any thief their lawyers can justify it.  So they fell like they have license. (Hence the IRS targeting people and fed by the NSA and  states doing it too)

sixtymile
sixtymile

The reason this issue is controversial is because people confuse privacy with anonymity. When the police arrest you on probable cause they have a legitimate need to determine if the identity you present to them is complete and truthful. Accurately determining your identity and associating that identity with evidence of a crime which the police already have in their possession is not a search. I definitely agree with this SC ruling.

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