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Supreme Court Argument Report: The Fourth Amendment, Thomas Jefferson and Barney Fife

Publication Date: 
October 08, 2008
Laurel Newby

Professor Pamela S. Karlan is quoted in a story about her argument for Mr. Herring in front of the Supreme Court in Herring v. United States:

Stanford Law School professor Pamela S. Karlan, who represented Herring, told the justices, "if you announce that police error is going to lead to the suppression of evidence, the police will do a better job of maintaining their records."

As a result Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. raised the issue of limited police resources in the area of computer record keeping, and Professor Karlan responded: "But there's not a Barney Fife defense to the violation of the Fourth Amendment either," Karlan answered.