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Unformatted text preview: cannot be extended to include telephone wires, which extend from the house or office of the defendant. If the defendant wants this to extend to non-tangible materials, they can bring the issue to Congress legislation. Chief Justice Brandeis: The language of the Fourth Amendment cannot be extended to this technology because the Amendment was created old, specific language that does not pertain to telephone conversations. Brandeis refers to the 1877 ruling that states that it is illegal to tamper with a sealed letter that is entrusted in the hands of the government. Brandeis claims that tapping telephone wires is a far greater invasion of privacy because it invades the privacy of everyone involved in the conversation. The bigger issue is protecting liberty, the purpose of the Fourth Amendment, which can be endangered even by well-intentioned government officials....
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2011 for the course COMM 458 taught by Professor Sparr during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '08