Harry Blackmum and the Fourth Amendment

David M. Jones, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

When Harry Blackmum was first nominated to serve on the United States Supreme Court there was a general assumption that he would act as a "clone" of his boyhodd friend, the Chief Justice. In many areas of the law, however, Blackmum changed his ideological moorings (e.g., the death penalty and abortion). This paper will examine the degree to which Blackmum my have changed in the area of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. The implications of this change (if any) for the understanding of the behavior of appellate court judges will be examined.

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