Penn State International Law Review

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Since its inception in the late eighteenth century, the United States has been a leader among democratic societies across the world. Despite many ups and downs economically and politically, the United States has always maintained a reasoned and balanced legal system. The strength and vitality of this legal system are based on many features. One feature is that United States citizens are afforded rights against unwarranted government intrusions. In particular, the rights protecting citizens from government searches lie within the Fourth Amendment of the federal Constitution.