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A few months ago, I posted about this case and said: Keep your eye on it. Today, The Supreme Court issued their decision. A UNANIMOUS decision I might add. That's very rare anymore and shows just how far outside The Constitution the First Circuit Court of Appeals was in their decision. This case involved a Rhode Island man whose guns were taken away by the Police simply because his wife (after a dispute) went to the Police and told them she was afraid the man might have harmed himself. So The Police did a "wellness" check on the man who they found sitting on his patio drinking a beer without a care in the world. When they spoke with him, he was calm, coherent, and displayed no signs of anger, depression, etc. but they forced him to go to a hospital for a psych eval anyway. After he'd left, they searched his place and took his firearms. At no point, did they ever obtain a warrant from any court to search or seize anything. When it came before them, The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the search was legal and fell under a "community caretaking exception" to the 4th Amendment. THIS was the part that worried me. IF the Police can simply claim a wishy washy nebulously defined "community caretaking" exception to the 4th Amendment whenever they like, then there IS no 4th Amendment. In one resounding voice, the ENTIRE Supreme Court ruled that was complete bullshit. "While the court has recognized that police officers can perform "many civic tasks in modern society," there is "not an open-ended license to perform them anywhere," Thomas wrote." In other words: The Police do NOT get to search anything and everything anywhere they want just because they feel like it. And no nebulous "community caretaking" bullshit gives them that right. Bravo Supreme Court. Exactly right. I do have to say that I'm rather surprised by the unanimous decision to be honest. Didn't expect that. https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/17/politics/supreme-court-fourth-amendment-case-firearms/index.html
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