Flashback Friday’s post

More Power to an Expanded Government

Background

In 1928, the Supreme Court reviewed the case of Roy Olmstead (Olmstead v. United States, 1928). As always on Flashback Friday’s, I’ll just give you the nutshell: Olmstead was found guilty for conspiring to violate the National Prohibition Act. The Court ruled that wiretaps used to convict Olmstead were not a violation of the Fourth Amendment. (Bush can thank Chief Justice Taft for the lovely precedent to his Patriot Act)

Today

As the Federal Government continues to find ways to expand its power, I hope that someone remembers the words of Justice Louis Brandeis in his dissenting opinion:

“Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”

Whoever should win in November, keep this in mind as you shape your government.

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One thought on “Flashback Friday’s post

  1. It should be remembered that in 1967, the Olmstead ruling was overturned by Katz v. U.S. Ultimately, Olmstead still rings true with the 1978 passage of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act signed into law by President Carter.

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