In something that belongs in a movie, Newton County, Indiana Sheriff Don Hartman Sr. allegedly told a reporter doing a phone interview that he believes the new Indiana Supreme Court ruling of Barnes Vs State of Indiana, gives his officers the right to conduct random house-to-house searches even WITHOUT PROBABLE CAUSE OR A WARRANT!
The Supreme Court case stated that states citizens have no right to resist unlawful police intry into their homes – and this flies directly into the face of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution that say the opposite.
Apparently the Indiana Supreme Court thinks the U.S. Constitution is outdated and we don’t have to pay any attention to it anymore.
Those Justices should thank their lucky stars that they are not in my state, because they would very quickly find themselves out of their job and hoping they might get a greater position at their local Walmart.
Since hearing this Sheriff Hartman apparently has taken this to heart and now thinks it is just fine to conduct random home searches without any probable cause or any warrant.
In his interview he was asked three times to clarify his statements and each time he indicated that he would conduct door-to-door searches without a warrant if "HE" felt it was necessary to do so. He supposedly also stated that he believed that the citizens would welcome the searches with open arms if it meant potentially catching a criminal.
Really Sheriff Hartman, you seriously think the people of your area will think this is just ok. Well, why don’t you do the first ones on the Mayor, County and City Commissioners, the biggest business owners – after all they make so much money and have so much power, surely they would be a prime target to investigate and searching their homes and business would likely give you a lot of evidence is that not right Sheriff?
Well, if Hartman’s statement and the ruling of the court itself are not giving you a chilling feeling, then you are truly lost to the control of Big Brother Government. And I am sure you will be quite happy to do whatever you are told to do – enjoy your time at the giant prison camps that are set up all over the country.
Thank goodness not everyone in law enforcement in Indiana seems to feel the same way. A seasoned officer, who at one time swore to uphold both the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of his state (which Sheriff Hartman Sr. did also), who asked to remain anonymous, told the interviewer that the very idea of house-to-house searches is "unconscionable" and it goes against both the Indiana State and the U.S. Constitutions. And this law enforcement officer is not alone as many Indiana residents agree also that this is ridiculous.
The attorney representing the husband who brought the original Indiana case upon which the ruling was made, plans to fight the court’s decision by petitioning for a rehearing and will take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
We can only hope that everyone in every state takes this ruling to heart and begins to closely watch what the courts are doing in your state.
Any court that disregards the U.S. Constitution and tries to tweak what it says deserves to be removed from the bench and retired at once.
If we the people, do not force the courts to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the Congress to uphold the U.S. Constitution, then just who will?
It is up to all of us as our founders told us – we have to be vigilant or government will eventually take over total control. That was one of the main causes of our revolution back then. If our ancestors had not chosen to stand up to tyranny, we would not be here now.
The choice we face today is not much different – we stand up or we will fall and be a servile society from now on.