In what is quite possibly the most (only?) useful post ever written in the legal blogosphere, John Wesley Hall, author of a massive treatise of 4th Amendment Law, gives us a preview of the next edition with 13 “realities” of the 4th Amendment obvious to him after reading a shit-ton (that’s a legal term) of cases. Don’t be fooled. This is essentially a primer for 4th Amendment law. He’s giving away the outline here. Read it and memorize it and then come to the same conclusion that he does:
13. If you find you don’t completely understand the Fourth Amendment, you’re not alone because hardly anybody does any more. To me, much of the Fourth Amendment has turned into a Rorschach test that means different things to different people, all depending on how they want it to come out. How did just 54 words generate untolled [sic] millions of words in cases, treatises, and law review articles? The U.S. Supreme Court alone has decided about 250 Fourth Amendment cases.
I could’ve told you that, but it would have involved less information and more internet jokes. So, you’re welcome.