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‘Move On’ Orders As Fourth Amendment Seizures, Stephen E. Henderson Dec 2007

‘Move On’ Orders As Fourth Amendment Seizures, Stephen E. Henderson

Stephen E Henderson

If a police officer orders one to move on, must the recipient comply? This article analyzes whether there is a federal constitutional right to remain, and in particular whether a police command to move on constitutes a seizure of the person for purposes of the Fourth Amendment. Although it is a close question, I conclude that the Fourth Amendment typically does not restrict a move on (MO) order, and that substantive due process only prohibits the most egregious such orders. It is a question of broad significance given the many legitimate reasons police might order persons to move on, as ...