My piece on administrative warrants for Reason

I explore a fairly technical piece of the Fourth Amendment right to privacy in a Supreme Court petition coming from Rochester. Here’s the link. And here’s the full piece.

How Government Violates the Fourth Amendment Rights of Renters

In Rochester, New York, renting rather than buying a home is enough cause for a search warrant.

Florine and Walter Nelson are grandparents who have lived in Rochester for over 30 years. For nearly a third of that time, they have resisted the efforts of city officials to inspect their home on the basis that they are renters rather than buyers. Since 2005, the city has steadily escalated its efforts to enter their house, by charging them with contempt and attempting to use “administrative” search warrants to conduct suspicionless searches.

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