State of Tennessee v. James Robert Christensen, Jr.

State of Tennessee v. James Robert Christensen, Jr.
W2014-00931-SC-R11-CD

The maxim, “every man’s house is his castle,” is deeply rooted in our jurisprudence. Weeks v. United States, 232 U.S. 383, 390 (1914). It applies whether the house is a castle or a cottage—a mansion or a mobile home. The right to retreat into the privacy of one’s home and be free from governmental intrusion is a basic tenet of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, section 7 of the Tennessee Constitution. Our homes and adjoining land are protected spaces; governmental officers must have a warrant, absent special circumstances, to intrude onto this private area. 

Authoring Judge: 
Justice Sharon G. Lee
Originating Judge: 
Judge Joseph H. Walker
Date Filed: 
Friday, April 7, 2017