The Fourth Amendment to the Consitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

What if the thing being searched for is a motorcycle parked in your driveway under a cover with its front wheel peeking out? A stolen motorcycle you’d allegedly eluded police on twice, and posted pics of on your Facebook page?

Ryan Austin Collins has been in jail in Virginia ever since a judge there found there was probable cause for a warrantless search when a police officer lifted the tarp in 2014, and that it was not an unreasonable governmental intrusion. Collins was convicted and sentenced to three years, a conviction upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court. Following that decision, a former law clerk for  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas decided to bump it up to the Supreme Court, where the case is scheduled to be heard January 9.

More details here at The Roanoke Times.