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Amendment 4. and Aaron Hernandez

“The right of the people to be secure [safe] in their persons, house, papers, and effects, [ personal belongings ] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause…’ [ The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution, David Kluge, 2008 ]

According to several AP reports defense attorneys for Aaron Hernandez, [the former NFL player who is on trial for various criminal charges, including murder and weapons charges] fought to keep out of evidence a video showing the former star dismantling his cell phone.  While several rush to form conclusions about what the defendant’s dismantling of his phone all means, the Constitutional issue mattered to me.  The Right to Privacy and what it all means to each and everyone of us seemed to be what I was focused on.  Did the defendant have a right to privacy when he was in a car with his attorney?  Apparently the judge felt otherwise and stated that there is no reasonable expectation to privacy when you are in a public parking lot.  I would add, especially if that lot is at the police station but that’s just me.  What could have possessed the former star to dismantle his phone?  Was he hiding something? If so, what?  These are questions the jury will likely wrestle with.  Day nine of the trial is on deck.  Should be interesting to see what happens next.

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