E-Warrants Constitutional? Utah Supreme Court to Decide

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The Utah Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether E-Warrants are constitutional.

As reported by KUTV.com,

E-Warrants are much easier to obtain.  Rather than present their affidavit and probable cause to a judge face-to-face or over the phone, officers now fill out the paperwork then send it to a judge on their patrol car computers.  A judge can approve the warrant over the computer.

We can all agree that either law enforcement is more embolden of late, or the media is reporting their brazen injustices more often than usual.  With polls of public trust in government tanking, combined with the idea that people lie more often online than face-to-face, one may think E-Warrants would breed corruption.

Contrary to what many believe, E-communication does not produce more lies. A study reported by Discovery.com found:

that technology, which allows us craft picture-perfect social networking profiles or e-mail in sick when we’re lounging on the beach, isn’t tempting us to lie any more than we normally do.


Just like face-to-face lying, there’s a cost-benefits evaluation involved in online deception.

It’s a normal belief that more lies are told online than face-to-face because:

we’re interacting in a new environment where our basic assumptions are undercut…



fears about deception stem from this general fear of technology and certain features of technologies that make it easy to lie.

Does that mean that E-Warrants will mean less corruption? Not really… it may just make the corruption more efficient.

The same guy that has to bother the judge either in person, or “online” has to have integrity to represent the truth. Then that judge has to take that truth and decide if it meets the standard of probable cause.  If either one fails to do their job, online or in person, corruption still exists. Regardless of how the warrant is obtained, we must have honorable men working for “we the people.” Men that will keep their oath to uphold the very Constitution our founders put in place to protect us.

And therein lies the problem. Are these honorable men working within the confines of the laws that have been established?   Do you trust that they are? The chart below indicates that a large majority of “we the people” don’t think so.

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Public Trust Chart from Pew Research

As to the Constitutionality of E-Warrants, what are your thoughts?




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