Thursday, January 15, 2009

We've got yer legacy right here

Dday reminds us (at Digby's Hullabaloo) that Bush's real legacy is the Supreme Court, then goes on to discuss how "[T]he Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that evidence obtained from an unlawful arrest based on careless record keeping by the police may be used against a criminal defendant."

Dday explains:
The case itself is noteworthy. Bernie Herring had an adversarial history with a cop in his Alabama town. His truck was impounded and he went to the sheriff's office to pick it up. The cop ran a check for outstanding warrants and found what he thought to be one, he arrested Herring. The officers detained Herring, and found a gun and traces of methamphetamines on him. Minutes later, the officers discovered that the arrest warrant was faulty. Nevertheless, he was tried for drug possession and sentenced to 27 months(!).

And the Supreme Court now has ruled that the evidence, gained through what amounts to a warrantless search, is admissable.
And reminds us:
That right-wing bloc on the Court is relatively young, incidentally. Weep not for George W. Bush. He's got a legacy. Not content just to screw us for eight years, the pain will be felt for decades.
So there's yer legacy for ya, my friends.

Just to refresh your memory on what is at stake:
Amendment IV

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.

Regime change comes not a moment too soon. We're not even certain yet that it has come soon enough.

Deus, in adjuvandum nos festina!

[This post marks a recurrence of Thursday Constitution Blogging.]
--the BB

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