Reply to post: What happened to "innocent unless proven guilty?"

Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

Robert Helpmann??
Childcatcher

What happened to "innocent unless proven guilty?"

This is more a matter of probable cause rather than of having the assumption of guilt (it was a search, not a trial). Still, I cannot for the life of me see either how there was sufficient evidence for probable cause or that the means used should be considered reasonable to gain access without a warrant. Of course, I am not a lawyer, but if you have to have a legal expert to differentiate between what is a reasonable expectation of privacy and what is not, there would seem to be a problem.

My guess is that this or a similar method will be tried again but will most likely cause the case to overturned if it goes to a jury trial or a federal appellate court.

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