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97 Iowa L. Rev. Bull. 1 (2012-2013)

handle is hein.journals/iowalrb3 and id is 1 raw text is: Why Crime Severity Analysis is Not
Reasonable
A Comment on Jeffrey Bellin, Crime-Severity Distinctions and
the Fourth Amendment: Reassessing Reasonableness in a
Changing World
Christopher Slobogin*
INTRODUCTION                            .........................................................
THE ADMINISTRABILITY PROBLEM                        .......................................... 2
THE NORMATIVE ARGUMENT AGAINST A CRIME SEVERITY COMPONENT .............. 4
THE SPECIAL NEEDS EXCEPTION AND CRIME SEVERITY.          ........................ 8
TECHNOLOGY AND CRIME SEVERITY MODULATION .......................... 10
A BETTER APPROACH..................................................... 1
THE DANGER EXCEPTION                           ................................................ 14
CONCLUSION                              ...........................................................15
INTRODUCTION
Jeffrey Bellin's article, Crime Severity Distinctions and the Fourth
Amendment: Reassessing Reasonableness in a Changing World, argues that the
severity of the crime under investigation ought to be taken into account in
assessing both the reasonableness of searches and whether a government
action is a search in the first place., In pursuit of this objective, his article
provides the best attempt to date at dealing with the difficult issue of
separating serious from    not-so serious crimes (he ends up with three
*  Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School.
1. Jeffrey Bellin, Crime-Seveily Disinctions and the Fouth Amendment: Reassessing
Reasonableness in a Changing World, 97 IOWA L. REV. 1 (01 1).

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