The Fourth Amendment in an age of crime control


I write, research, and teach on the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures.  In 2016, my book The Roberts Court and the Evolution of the Fourth Amendment, co-authored with Craig Curtis, will be published by the University Press of Kansas.




Here are some of my Fourth Amendment and legal blog posts from the past few years:

Thoughts on the Grand Jury in Ferguson

A Sweeping Endorsement of Digital Privacy – California v Riley

Musings on the Cell phone case

The Trespass Doctrine is Dead – Long Live the Trespass Doctrine

The Consequences of Turning Bean-town into Baghdad

GPS Surveillance – US v. Jones

Sacrificing a Little Convenience for Privacy

Privacy and Security is NOT a zero-sum game

Stop Saying “I don’t care if you search my cell phone records, I have nothing to hide”


Recent Fourth Amendment Publications:

Michael C. Gizzi and R. Craig Curtis, The Roberts Court and the Evolution of the Fourth Amendment, forthcoming, 2016,  University Press of Kansas.

R. Craig Curtis, Michael C. Gizzi, & Michael Kittelson, “Using Technology the Founders Never Dreamed Of: Cell Phones as Tracking Devices and the Fourth Amendment,” University of Denver Criminal Law Review, 4: 61-101, Fall 2014.

Michael C. Gizzi and R. Craig Curtis, “What is a Landmark Case? Ranking Search and Seizure Cases Using Shepard’s Citations, The Criminal Law Bulletin, 49 (2), Winter 2013.

Michael C. Gizzi, R. Craig Curtis, and Ethan D. Boldt, “US Courts of Appeals and State Supreme Court Responses to Arizona v. Gant: A Study in Judicial Impact,” Journal of Crime and Justice, 37 (No.2), 214-233, 2014 ( First Published: Taylor and Francis iFirst, August 20, 2012)

Michael C. Gizzi, “Pretextual Stops, Vehicle Searches, and Crime Control: An examination of strategies used on the frontline of the war on drugs,” Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law & Society. 24(2),139 – 152.   2011.

Michael C Gizzi and R. Craig Curtis, “The Impact of Arizona v Gant on Search and Seizure Law as Applied to Vehicle Searches” University of Denver Criminal Law Review, 1( Spring 2011): 30 – 50.

Michael C. Gizzi, “Vehicle Searches,” in Chambliss, William, Ed. Police and Law Enforcement (Sage Reference Series in Crime and Punishment), chapter 16, pp. 213-224. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage). 2011.

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