In yet another tyranny-supporting ruling from a supreme judiciary of this land, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that police officers do not need a search warrant to search your car in their state. How they were able to get past the clear language of the Fourth Amendment in this ruling is hard to fathom:
“The prerequisite for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle is probable cause to search,” [Justice Seamus] McCaffery writes in the opinion. “We adopt the federal automobile exception . . . which allows police officers to search a motor vehicle when there is probable cause to do so . . .” . . .
“This case gives the police simpler guidelines to follow and (it) finally and clearly renders our law consistent with established federal law,” [Lancaster County District Attorney Craig] Stedman said.
Oh, I see. The federal government has already trampled on the Fourth Amendment, so now state governments should trample on it too, so as to render state laws “consistent with established federal law.”
Yeah. What about the supreme federal law: the US Constitution? Shouldn’t that be the real benchmark for legal matters? Not so much. But, just in case you were wondering, the current federal law is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. The Fourth Amendment clearly states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Yeah. So no search is legal without a warrant. And many people will say, “No, but the Fourth Amendment allows for search if there’s probable cause.” Actually, no it doesn’t. Do all of these people have reading comprehension problems? The amendment states clearly that “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”
That means that, without probable cause, a search warrant will not be issued. And no search can happen without a warrant. And furthermore, those warrants were not carte blanche approval for unspecified searches into possible infractions.
No. A search warrant had to clearly state exactly what was being searched and exactly what was going to be siezed. And the probable cause for this search also had to be explicitly stated, and attested to by a legally binding oath. Meaning that trumped up probable causes were perjury.
Pennsylvania made a grave error with this ruling. It has made it even easier for law enforcement to violate the rights of citizens. And unfortunately, the federal government set the precedent for these violations. When will we wake up?