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University of Baltimore Law

2011

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Big Brother Is Watching: The Reality Show You Didn't Audition For, J. Amy Dillard Apr 2011

Big Brother Is Watching: The Reality Show You Didn't Audition For, J. Amy Dillard

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In 1984, at the height of the Reagan-era war on drugs, the Supreme Court created a bright-line exception to Fourth Amendment protection by declaring that no person had a reasonable expectation of privacy in an area defined as an open field. When it created the exception, the Court ignored positive law and its own jurisprudence that the Fourth Amendment protects people, not places. The open fields doctrine allows law enforcement officers to enter posted, private areas that are not part of a house or its curtilage for brief surveillance. The Supreme Court has never “extended the open fields doctrine to …