On May 10, 2016, the North Carolina Court of Appeals threw out the Durham conviction of Michael Bullock, saying that the traffic stop that lead to his conviction was unlawfully extended.
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is supposed to provide every citizen a reasonable expectation of privacy. The problem is that since 1791, when it was ratified, the Courts seem to be shaving off the rights to the benefit of the State.
The decision whether to plead or try a case is an important one. Aside from the practical implications of whether to accept a plea that results in a conviction, or a trial that offers the possibility of either exoneration or a conviction, there is the fact that a trial implicates important constitutional rights.