Panel on "Three Centuries of Governmental Search and Seizure"

10/26/2009

Suffolk Law School Professor Joseph McEttrick will be a panelist as the Bostonian Society presents "A Knock at the Door: Three Centuries of Governmental Search and Seizure" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St., Boston. 
 
The protection against unreasonable governmental search and seizure has long been considered a fundamental American right. This concept has its roots in patriot James Otis’s 1761 legal petition opposing the Writs of Assistance and general property searches, a case heard in Old State House. 

Even though it is guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this right has been challenged and debated many times throughout U.S. history. Today we are confronted with new debates over wiretapping, immigration raids, and school drug searches.

The panelists, public historian J.L. Bell, and legal scholars Frederick Lane, McEttrick, and Kurt Opsahl, will discuss the historical origins of this concept as well as modern challenges to this long-cherished protection of our rights.  
 
The program is made possible by The Lowell Institute and is free and open to the public.

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