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Supreme Court Upholds No-Knock Police Search

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Posted on Jun 16, 2006

Samuel Alito’s conservatism has begun to make itself felt.


AP:

The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting, a sign of the court’s new conservatism with Samuel Alito on board.

The court, on a 5-4 vote, said judges cannot throw out evidence collected by police who have search warrants but do not properly announce their arrival.

It was a significant rollback of earlier rulings protective of homeowners, even unsympathetic homeowners like Booker Hudson, who had a loaded gun next to him and cocaine rocks in his pocket when Detroit police entered his unlocked home in 1998 without knocking.

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By bg1, June 17, 2006 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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The test case is with someone who is very unpopular with most of the public.  The guy, Booker Hudson, looks like he was picked out of central casting (black, loaded gun, crackhead) to sell the US public a rollback in Constitutional protections.  Imagine if, all other the things held the same, Hudson had been a white redneck, sitting in his home with a loaded shotgun and a bottle of moonshine.  How then would this decision go over with middle America?

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By Beenliedtoagin, June 17, 2006 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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The “Christian”(?) Right-Wing Neoconservatives have lusted for the 1950s mentality of McCarthyism, might-makes-right, missionary-position-sex-only-on-Saturday-night-with-the-lights-out-between-married-heteros, we-know-what’s-best-and-you-don’t way of life for 30 years and now they’re getting it.  I can’t wait for the next rebellion of youth.  I think it’s going to make The Haight of the ‘60’s look like a tempest in a tea pot.  I hope I live long enough to see it. There’s a heads-up for you, young Republicans! Zig Heil!

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By J.W. Miller, June 17, 2006 at 6:11 am Link to this comment
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Anybody who comes through my door without knocking is liable to get shot….

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By Hidling Lindquist, June 16, 2006 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment
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This is HUGE.

It is such a clear indicator of the direction the oligarchy in control of our country is taking us that it made me gasp when I first read the headline in the newspaper.

The Neocon doctrine of a powerful elite imposing their version of reality on the people rather than having reality evolve\emerge through the dynamic struggle between isness and oughtness in the lives of the people is taking hold of our political system.

The darkness of dogma is descending on the United States of America. The light coming with the dawn of an Age of Enlightenment has passed its zenith and we are headed once again into a Dark Age reminiscent of the Inquisition and forshadowed in the novel “1984”.

It can`t be THAT bad, you might respond.

But it is.

This is a clear sign that those in power perceive the people to be a threat to them.

And you know what? We are.

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By Richard, June 16, 2006 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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“Knock, knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Not the police, obviously.”
(This is the best I could come up with on short notice.)

This is what makes the cowardice and ineptitude of the Democrats so frustrating. Their failure to confront the real issues and regain control of the U.S. Senate is going to result in our witnessing the reversal of pro-privacy/civil liberties Supreme Court decisions for decades to come—regardless of what happens in the ’06 and ’08 elections.

Has anyone complied a list of previous 5-4 decisions that would likely be reversed under our new fascist/Christianist Supreme Court?

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By JP, June 16, 2006 at 4:07 am Link to this comment
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Yup..thanks for protecting our PERSONAL LIBERTY, guys.

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