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This thesis is a legal analysis of the history of privacy law in the context of the Fourth Amendment. This historical analysis will focus on landmark United States Supreme Court cases involving searches and seizures from the 1886 Boyd v. United States case to the 2014 Riley v California case. Incorporated is the evolution of the Supreme Court’s analysis from the Trespass Doctrine to the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Doctrine. Also included is how those doctrines have related to the evolution of technology. Finally, there is a discussion of the possible direction of future U.S. Supreme Court, Fourth Amendment privacy cases.


Criminal Justice

Thesis Comittee

Jo-Ann Della-Giustina (Thesis Director)

Jennifer Hartsfield

Wendy Wright

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.