Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You’re a Cop

The Rise of the Fourth Reich and the Fascist Police State should alarm everyone- who isn’t ‘asleep at the wheel’ so to speak…

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

“[I]f the individual is no longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up whenever they do not like the cut of his jib, if they can ‘seize’ and ‘search’ him in their discretion, we enter a new regime.”—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, dissenting in Terry v. Ohio (1968)

With Orwellian irony, the U.S. Supreme Court chose December 15, National Bill of Rights Day to deliver its crushing blow to the Fourth Amendment. Although the courts have historically held that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking the law, in its 8-1 ruling in Heien v. State of North Carolina, the Supreme Court gave police in America one more ready excuse to routinely violate the laws of the land, this time under the guise of ignorance.

The Heien case, which started with an improper traffic stop based on a police…

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2 thoughts on “Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You’re a Cop

  1. I consider myself pretty level-headed but this one had me fuming. Then I read up on the case and was able to see both sides of this one. In the end, the cop asked if he could search the guy’s car and he allowed it. Dummy should have said “no thanks, that won’t be necessary” and been on his way… Oh, and it helps not to have cocaine in the car when you allow the cops to search it too.

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  2. I agree, he should have never consented to the illegal search…having cocaine in the car certainly didn’t help his case. But, in the end I think I have to side with liberty here Jim. The cop had no reasonable suspicion, except profiling…which is a problem in my view. It’s coming to the point where we’ll have virtually no rights at all regarding law enforcement’s interpretations of reasonable suspicion


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