Via Ken Lammers at CrimLaw, who despite his wayward youth and misguided choice to move from defense to prosecution, likely based on the unfortunate kiln explosion, brings today’s version of “I can’t even.”
Wait, No, That’s Wrong-Right (4th Amendment by the Uninitiated)
Every time I watch something like this I find myself saying “No that’s not right”; “Wait that’s not how that works”; or “That’s right as far as it goes, but . . . “
This is a video by PBS Digital Studios, part of its crash course in government and politics series. The guy in the video is somebody named Craig. If you didn’t know better, you would think that pedigree would assure that the content of the video was reasonably sound. It’s not.
Ken gave it an epic double facepalm. I do too, but only because Picard never did a triple.
Don’t ask me to break it down, inch by inch, and explain what’s wrong. As Ken already said, it runs the spectrum of dead wrong to “as far as it goes.” It’s not totally wrong about everything, but law isn’t the sort of thing you can get half right and still expect to prevail. The automobile search in particular made my head explode.
The point is that you will not learn good law from this video, and the fact that non-lawyers put out a video that purports to teach the law and gets it very, dangerously at spots, wrong is a reflection of how the internet makes people stupider. People will watch this video, think they have a clue, and act upon it.
“But, yer Honor, some video on the youtubes said I could,” is not a defense.
And that’s my crash course in internet law.