4th Amendment Project
Private Property

Long Lake Township v. Maxon

Brief Details

Date Filed
Original Court
Michigan Supreme Court

After a local government used low-flying drones to spy (without a warrant) on a homeowner’s backyard for evidence of municipal code violations, the Michigan Supreme Court asked not whether the government’s snooping violated the Fourth Amendment, but whether, even assuming it violated the constitution, the government should get to use the evidence obtained from its unlawful search in a civil enforcement proceeding anyway. IJ’s amicus brief urged the Court to apply the “exclusionary rule” because no one can be secure in their property if the government does not face consequences for its Fourth Amendment violations.