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The Fourth AmendmentOrigins and Original Meaning 602 - 1791$
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William J. Cuddihy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367195.001.0001

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The General Warrant in Intellectual and Political Perspective, 1642–1700

The General Warrant in Intellectual and Political Perspective, 1642–1700

(p.129) Chapter 6 The General Warrant in Intellectual and Political Perspective, 1642–1700
The Fourth Amendment

William J. Cuddihy

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the English roots of the general warrant clause of the Fourth Amendment. Between 1642 and 1700, the general warrant lost its legitimacy in the writings of England's opinion makers but retained its legality in the statutes and policies of lawmakers even though the makers of law and opinion were often the same. Yet this paradox should not obscure a massive negative shift in public attitudes towards general warrants as the salient event respecting search and seizure in the England of this period. This shift contributed a major pillar to the Fourth Amendment's specific warrant clause.

Keywords:   English law, general warrant, search and seizure, Sir Edward Coke

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