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Ohio Supreme Court: Warrantless backpack search was acceptable

The question of whether law enforcement has the right to search through people's belongings without their permission is at the core of our Fourth Amendment right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. The baseline position is that, in order for a search to be reasonable, police need a search warrant, the person's consent, or another reason that furthers a compelling government interest without being unduly burdensome to the individual.

4 questions teen offenders may have about the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment helps protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, regardless of age, gender, race or other factors. Under it, police must have reasonable suspicion to search homes, make arrests, and take other actions. In many cases, they also require a warrant, handed out by a judge, before acting.

What is the Justice Department's Clemency Initiative?

In early 2014, ex-Deputy Attorney General James. M. Cole released the U.S. Justice Department's clemency initiative. The initiative asked certain federal inmates to submit petitions to request reduced or commuted sentences from the President of the United States. The initiative announced that the Justice Department would prioritize clemency petitions submitted by inmates meeting the specific criteria listed below.

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