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McCaughtry v. City of Red Wing, Cato Legal Briefs

McCaughtry v. City of Red Wing, Cato Legal Briefs

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No. A10-0332S
TATE OF
M
INNESOTA
 I
N
S
UPREME
C
OURTR
OBERT
M
C
C
AUGHTRY
,
ET AL
.
,
 
Plaintiffs-Appellants,
V
.
C
ITY OF
R
ED
W
ING
,
 Defendant-Respondent.
B
RIEF OF
A
MICI
C
URIAE
C
ATO
I
NSTITUTE
,
 
R
EASON
F
OUNDATION
,
 
M
INNESOTA
F
REE
M
ARKET
I
NSTITUTE AT THE
C
ENTER OF THE
A
MERICAN
E
XPERIMENT
,
 
E
LECTRONIC
F
RONTIER
F
OUNDATION
,
 AND
L
IBERTARIAN
L
AW
C
OUNCIL IN
S
UPPORT OF
A
PPELLANTS
 
Patrick J. Kelly (247698)PATRICK
 
J.
 
KELLY,
 
ATTORNEY
 
AT
 
LAW,
 
P.A.P.O. Box 16606St. Paul, Minnesota 55116(651) 271-3797Bennett Evan Cooper (
 pro hac vice
)
 
Robert G. VaughtSTEPTOE
 
&
 
JOHNSON
 
LLP
201 E. Washington Street, Suite 1600Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2382(602) 257-5200
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
(
 Additional Counsel for Amici Curiae listed on next page)
 
 
Ilya ShapiroTimothy LynchCATO INSTITUTE1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20001(202) 842-0200
 Amicus Curiae
Manuel S. KlausnerLAW OFFICES OF MANUEL S. KLAUSNER, P.C.One Bunker Hill Building601 West Fifth Street, Suite 800Los Angeles, California 90071(213) 617-0414
 Attorney for Amici Curiae Reason Foundation and  Libertarian Law Council
Kimberly Reynolds Crockett (0388309)MINNESOTA FREE MARKET INSTITUTE AT THECENTER OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT12 South 6th Street, Plymouth BuildingMinneapolis, Minnesota 55402(612) 338-3605
 Amicus Curiae
Lee TienELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION454 Shotwell StreetSan Francisco, California 94110(415) 436-9333
 Amicus Curiae
 
 
i
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 
Page
Table of Authorities ............................................................................................................. ii
 
Interest of Amici Curiae ...................................................................................................... 1
 
Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 3
 
Argument ............................................................................................................................. 4
 
I.
 
Homes Are Entitled to Protection Against Broad Administrative SearchesWithout Regard to the Homes’ Underlying Economic Arrangements. ................... 4
 
II.
 
The Recent Growth of Local Rental-Home Inspection Ordinances Poses aGreat Threat to the Sanctity of Homes Against Searches. ....................................... 9
 
A.
 
This Court may be the first to address the applicability of stateconstitutional protections to rental-home inspections. .................................. 9
 
B.
 
Ordinances authorizing administrative searches without a basis inindividual suspicion have been adopted for sundry and vaguepurposes. ...................................................................................................... 11
 
C.
 
Rental-inspection ordinances generally lack any safeguards forprivacy interests. .......................................................................................... 18
 
III.
 
Alternatives Are Available to the Unconstitutional Searches Authorized byRed Wing’s Ordinance. .......................................................................................... 23
 
Conclusion ......................................................................................................................... 27
 
Certificate of Brief Length ................................................................................................ 30
 

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