goverment writing assign


In this assignment, you will be a Supreme Court Justice deciding on a Fourth Amendment case.   Carefully read about the case in question, the summaries of related Supreme Court decisions, and directions for the assignment. 

The Case “Doe v. City of Intrusia”:

Trouble was brewing in the small, quiet city of Intrusia.  Someone was selling methamphetamine to the local teenagers and a popular football player died after an overdose.  The community was panicked and demanded that the police find the source of the meth and shut it down immediately.  The police suspected that 20 year old Joe Doe was selling the meth but they didn’t have much evidence. 

The state prosecutor advised the police department to talk with the local cell phone carrier about “cloning” Mr. Doe’s phone.  The cell phone carrier created a “clone” phone which allowed the police to read text messages sent and received by Mr. Doe.  In no time the police had evidence implicating Mr. Doe as a dealer and the location of the meth lab.  Mr. Doe was convicted and the meth lab was closed. 

Mr. Doe is appealing his conviction, claiming that the interception of text messages violated the unreasonable search and seizure protections of the Fourth Amendment.  Furthermore, all evidence from the text messages should have been excluded from his trial.


The City of Intrusia argues that there was no physical intrusion into Mr. Doe’s space and that police were acting quickly in order to uphold their duty to protect the community’s safety.   

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