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Theme for 2013

With Apologies to the Police

(no, not those police)

"Every Move You Make, I'll be Watching You"
The Right to Privacy in the 21st Century

Introduction to privacy by Dr. Jonathan Bryant


Dr. Jonathan Bryant's biography

Jonathan Bryant is a historian who holds both the J. D. and a Ph. D.  His classes at Georgia Southern include Georgia History, the Destruction of Slavery, and Constitutional History.  Professor Bryant's last book, How Curious a Land: Conflict and Change in Greene County, Georgia, 1850-1885, considered the role of law in social change by examining a plantation community transformed by Civil War.  He is currently finishing a manuscript, Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, that tells the story of an illegal slaving voyage that produced the most important case on slavery to come out of John Marshall's Supreme Court.  

The George-Anne


We'll Be Watching You


Constitution Day 2013 Program


I'll Be Watching You: The Right to Privacy in the 21st Century

Introduction to privacy through the 19th century by Dr. Jonathan Bryant, followed by lecture, "I'll Be Watching You: the Right to Privacy in the 21st Century" by Dr. Richard Pacelle


2013 GSU Constitution Day pt.2

Pt. 2 of Dr. Richard Pacelle's lecture on the right to privacy in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Dr. Van Wagenen's Public History Class Sponsors the Bill of Rights



2013 Constitution Day Library Display


Dr. Richard Pacelle, Speaker


Dr. Richard Pacelle's biography

Richard Pacelle is Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1985. He taught at Indiana University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis before coming to Georgia Southern in 2002. His research is concerned with public law generally and the U.S. Supreme Court and separation of powers more specifically. He is the author of four books including the recently published Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court as well as a number of journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. His fifth book, The Nation’s Balance Wheel: The US Supreme Court in a System of Separated Powers, is due to the publisher the day of the Constitution Day event. Professor Pacelle is the recipient of the 2000 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2000-01 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2006-07 CLASS Award for Distinction in Scholarship, and the 2009-10 University Award of Excellence in Scholarship and Research.

Court Cases, Legislation, and Discussions

Use the following Supreme Court cases, Amendments, and Legislation to help understand the talk on Privacy to be given by Dr. Pacelle. Consult the USA Patriot Act for Congressional action on privacy. Also find examples of legislation and discussion taking place in congress that is intended to strengthen the 4th amendment. 

  • Mapp v. Ohio
    In Cleveland Ohio, on May 3, 1957, police officers suspected that a bombing suspect was in the home of Dollree Mapp. After being denied entrance, the police sought to obtain a warrant. Upon return with a warrant, the police entered the home, but did not find the suspect they were looking for. Instead, they found a trunk full of pornographic material. She was then arrested and convicted of possessing the pictures. Mapp argued on appeal that her 4th amendment rights had been violated by the search.
  • Griswold v. Connecticut
    This case delt with contraceptives, and an 1875 Connecticut law which criminalized the use of "any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purposes of preventing conception." Further, the law stated that "any person who assists, abets, counsels, causes, hires or commands another to commit any offense may be prosecuted and punished as if he were the principle offender."Griswold was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut and sought to challenge the law by opening a clinic in Connecticut. She and Dr. C. Lee Buxton, a doctor and professor at Yale Medical School, were arrested and fined $100 each. They appealed the case on the grounds that the law violated the constitution.
  • Patriot Act
    The Patriot Act was a pivotal piece of legislation implemented after the tragedies of September 11th, 2001. It was meant to keep us safer, but the consequences of it have been hotly debated (Even by a panel at Georgia Southern's Constitution Day 2011). Love it or hate it, it is important to understand it and how it impacts our lives as individuals in a free state.
  • S. 1037 Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act of 2013  
    From the Findings in the Senate Bill: "Congress finds that the right under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures is violated when the Federal Government or a State or local government acquires information voluntarily relinquished by a person to another party for a limited business purpose without the express informed consent of the person to the specific request by the Federal Government or a State or local government or a warrant, upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." (At the date of this writing, this bill has not been made into law.)
  • S. 1121 Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013  
    From the Findings in the Senate Bill: "Congress finds the following: The Bill of Rights states in the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution that `The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.' Media reports indicate that the National Security Agency is currently collecting the phone records of American citizens. Media reports indicate that the National Security Agency has secured a top secret court order in April 2013 from a court established under section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803) for the telephone records of millions of American citizens." The list of findings continues with more grievances laid out.
  • Mr. Duncan of South Carolina House of Representatives - July 24, 2013  
    In this speech, Mr. Duncan reminds the Speaker of the history that led to the formation of the 4th Amendment and then draws on parallels in today's digital reality.
  • Harvard Law Review - The Right to Privacy  
    Though we do not have this book by Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis in our collection it is accessible through GILExpress or as an Inter Library Loan.

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