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David Gray: The Fourth Amendment in An Age of Surveillance

Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Fourth Amendment is facing a crisis. New and emerging surveillance technologies allow government agents to track us wherever we go, to monitor our activities online and offline, and to gather massive amounts of information relating to our financial transactions, communications, and social contacts. In addition, traditional police methods like stop-and-frisk have grown out of control, subjecting hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens to routine searches and seizures.

In this work, David Gray uncovers the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment to reveal how its historical guarantees of collective security against threats of 'unreasonable searches and seizures' can provide concrete solutions to the current crisis. This important work should be read by anyone concerned with the ongoing viability of one of the most important constitutional rights in an age of increasing government surveillance.


David Gray is a professor at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, international criminal law, and jurisprudence. He was voted “Professor of the Year” in 2012. He also teaches courses on law and society at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the co-author of Get a Running Start: Your Complete Guide to the First-Year Curriculum (2016), co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law (2017), and has published dozens of articles in leading law journals. He serves on the Law and Philosophy Committee of the American Philosophical Society.






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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm


MD State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
415 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

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