Friday, February 09, 2007

Great Exceptions

"Because the seriousness of a crime matters, the Court in Welsh v. Wisconsin in effect proclaimed that there should be a "minor offense" (Welsh) exception to the "exigent circumstances" (Warden) exception to the "home arrest" (Payton) exception to the usual "arrest" (Watson) exception to the so-called "warrant requirement" (Johnson). Got that?"

Akhil Reed Amar, Fourth Amendment First Principles, 107 Harv. L. Rev. 757, 802 (1994)

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