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Judges To Discuss Technology’s Impact & 4th Amendment

Annual Forum on the Judiciary Features Panel of Six Judges

April 4, 2014

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” 
– The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment offers citizens specific rights to privacy, but advances in technology have produced situations that did not exist when the amendment was created. For example, can the government search the contents of your cell phone without a warrant when you’re arrested? Can the government track your movements with an aerial drone? In essence, how does the evolution of technology affect your privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment?

A panel of sitting judges will discuss those questions and other Fourth Amendment issues when Anne Arundel Community College’s Legal Studies program hosts its annual Forum on the Judiciary, “The Fourth Amendment and Technology: Reconciling Technological Advancements with Fourth Amendment Protections” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 219 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

Judges on this year’s panel include:
Chief Judge Mary E. Barbera, Court of Appeals of Maryland
Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Judge Timothy E. Meredith, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
Administrative Judge Paul A. Hackner, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn, District Court of Maryland
Master in Chancery Cynthia M. Ferris, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County

The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit the 4th Amendment Judiciary event page or call 410-777-7323. 

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