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2014

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University at Buffalo School of Law

Fourth Amendment

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Rights Of Passage: On Doors, Technology, And The Fourth Amendment, Irus Braverman Feb 2014

Rights Of Passage: On Doors, Technology, And The Fourth Amendment, Irus Braverman

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The importance of the door for human civilization cannot be overstated. In various cultures, the door has been a central technology for negotiating the distinction between inside and outside, private and public, and profane and sacred. By tracing the material and symbolic significance of the door in American Fourth Amendment case law, this article illuminates the vitality of matter for law’s everyday practices. In particular, it highlights how various door configurations affect the level of constitutional protections granted to those situated on the inside of the door and the important role of vision for establishing legal expectations of privacy ...