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Constitutional Law For Police

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11/28/2005 09:40 PM
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Constitutional Law For Police
Constitutional Law for Police

“Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that governmental officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means-to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal-would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.”

“This philosophy, that the government agents should be subjected to certain restrictions in enforcing laws was summarized by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandies in the case of Olmstead v. United States.”

At the bottom of the same page it reads and I quote, “The constitutions of the original thirteen states were written during a period in history when the people were keenly aware of their rights and of the possibility that a strong government might deprive them of these rights. The Constitution of the United States, which was written only a few years after the Declaration of Independence, was framed by men who had lived during a period of strict control and later during a period of too little control. As a result it was the intention of these dedicated men that the new government established under the United States Constitution protect both the rights of the individual and the rights of society.”

The information above is a direct quote from the preface of “Constitutional Law for Police” Volume One of the Police Text Series by John C. Klotter, B.A., LL.B. Associate Director Southern Police Institute and Jacqueline R. Kanovitz, B.A., J.D.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 67-30989 - 4th printing 1970
Number at bottom of page V - Small #1 then 277 US 438 (1928)

Send a reminder to your favorite politicians today! Remind them that "A Patriot is Loyal to the Constitution! Not a Party or Career!"

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11/29/2005 01:36 AM
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Wow, something I agree with. Unfortunately, the current Administration is not living up to the standards laid out in the post. And getting away with it. Bush lied about WMD in Iraq, Reagan broke the law and flirted with treason by selling weapons to Iran. They both will probably get away with it. And Clinton almost goes down for lying about getting a BJ in his office--an act which tho immoral and tacky, had no effcet on the affairs of state.

But, as I have repeatedly demonstrated, the government IS following the law re the collection of income taxes