Olmstead v. United States

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Olmstead v. United States is a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding wiretapping that the courts "got wrong"[1]. Chief justice William Howard Taft "reasoned that the wiretaps did not violate the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination" [2].


  1. U.S. v. Jones: Fourth Amendment Law at a Crossroads. CATO Institute (October 2012).
  2. SUPREME COURT HISTORY - Expanding Civil Rights. PBS (October 2012).

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