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The truth is that the war on drugs and 9/11 killed the Fourth Amendment but as Americans we still enjoy some rights that protect us from our government.

In Minnesota, the State Supreme Court has made a decision securing these freedoms.

As most real cops know, the “plain view doctrine” allows police to seize items that are in plain view, if they’re legally in an area protected by the Fourth Amendment like someone’s residence or property.

As more and more Americans are forced to live in vehicles instead of homes, police can expect to see a lot of movement on the issue of property rights and police searches.

The decision comes from a theft investigation where police walked on to private property in an attempt to ascertain if a vehicle was stolen.

The court said: “Viewed objectively, the evidence demonstrates that the officer’s purpose for entering the curtilage was to conduct a search. Photographs in the record show that the camper was parked at the end of Chute’s driveway, past the house, in the back corner of Chute’s backyard.”

As more and more Americans are forced to live in vehicles instead of homes, police can expect to see a lot of movement on the issue of property rights and police searches.

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