Essay on Bill of Rights

1107 Words Oct 16th, 2014 5 Pages
Bill of Rights A brief history on how the Bill of Rights came forth. Back in the late 1700’s, several states were called for a constitution to protect individual’s rights from the government. Through these calls, James Madison came forth and put together the Amendments, which was later signed in 1791(1). What started off as 17 Amendments was trimmed down to 10 main one’s which is where we stand now with the Bill of Rights. There are several key Amendments that tie into criminal law. Those amendments are 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th. The 1st amendment allows individuals the freedom of speech. This does not allow the government to arrest anyone who lets say wants sit on a racial protest, or disallow anyone from following different …show more content…
But in other states where it’s legal to carry a firearm around, it puts officers at risk because we don’t know the mental mind of every individual. They might fire back at us or cause harm to other people. A prime example is the Virginia Tech shooter. He supposedly got his firearm legally, but the tragic events that occurred after purchasing the gun were horrifying. This is why the debate over the Second Amendment will continue for a long period of time. The Fourth Amendment is our right to be secure in one’s person, house papers, and effects from “unreasonable searches.” This Amendment is pretty straight forward that we as citizens can’t be searched without probable cause. So if an officer pulls over a car on suspicion of drug but there is no indication, the driver has the right to decline a search. That’s why when officers do drug busts on houses; it’s a process that can take several weeks before getting an arrest. They need to generate probable cause so they seize a search warrant. To achieve this, officers usually set up undercover agents to buy drugs from these individuals. Ones they’ve reached a certain amount buys and get the warrant from the judge, and then they may make entry into the house. Again this protects individuals households from being busted in with no probable cause and there may end up being nothing in those houses they broke into. This will allow the criminal

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