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What British action may have caused the Fourth Amendment?


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September 17, 2014 4:37PM

The Fourth Amendment was intended to prevent any actions similar to the hated British practice known as the 'writ of assistance.' It essentially amounted to general search warrants, rather than specific search warrants, that were frequently and easily abused.