4th Amendment: The Hudson V. Palmer Case

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The 4th amendment states that the right to privacy should not by violated by conducting unreasonable searches and seizures. In the hudson v. Palmer case, an inmate named Russel Palmer sued Ted Hudson who was an officer at the Virginia prison. Palmer stated that the officer had conducted a shakedown of his locker and cell in the attempt to find hidden contraband. After the search turned out to be unsuccessful, Officer Hudson, then charged Palmer for destroying state property, as they found a ripped pillow case in his cell. Ted Hudson won the case, as the court stated that the right to privacy does not apply within a prison cell. Personally, I agree with this opinion. When breaking the rules there are consequences to go along with it. Prison can be a very violent place, as there are many stressors and reasons for frustration and depression. Having members of different gangs, does not calm the situation down. Cells and inmates have to be regularly checked in order to keep contraband such as drugs, liquor, phones ect. out of the prison. Inmates are also known to build shanks, which they use to attack other inmates or officers. I am sure there are many inmates who can be trusted, however there are also many who …show more content…

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