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A Man's Home Is His Castle,' 250 Years Later

Written By: Mark J. Fitzgibbons  |  Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

           February 24th was the 250th anniversary of the Paxton's Case, in which James Otis argued against the British Writs of Assistance, and uttered the famous words, "A man's house is his castle; and while he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle."

            The Writs of Assistance are generally credited as the inspiration for the Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.  The 4th Amendment has gotten plenty of attention recently under The Patriot Act renewal and the TSA's groping -- er -- screening procedures.

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