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Bieber And Felony Egging: Maybe You Should Care

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I don't know many journalists who give two rips about what Justin Bieber does in his off-time, which lately seems to be all of the time. Unless the singer hurts himself or others, most reporters would rather be covering news. But, fans need to know the pop singer's every move and the media are willing to satiate that thirst… so Bieber stays high profile. I didn't personally care much Tuesday morning when LA County Deputy Sheriffs pulled up to his Calabasas mansion to investigate who threw eggs at the neighbor's house… until they pulled out a search warrant.

Now maybe we all should care.

Law enforcement—the Government—entered a person's home without permission because they were looking for evidence on an egging case? I've read the damage to the neighbor's Venetian plaster is in the thousands, above the $400.00 mark which makes it a felony (that's another issue for another time). I realize deputies had a warrant. And that's what some people may find scary. Just because more than $400 in damage results from childish vandalism, does that mean a judge should sign a warrant to authorize police to force themselves into a private home?

Some would recall the Castle Doctrine; a man's home is his castle. Although that is the spirit behind laws allowing people to defend their property, it's also at the root of the Fourth Amendment; our protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. How would you react if police forced their way into your home to link egg yolk on your neighbor's house to you? I have been around every aspect of egg throwing. I have been the "victim" of it and have known plenty of kids who have done it, both in my childhood and as a father. In some cases, there was damage in the hundreds of dollars. But I have never seen or heard of a search warrant being executed because of it.

No, I'm not a lawyer. I'm sure an argument can be made to support what the Sheriff's Department did. But common sense— life experience tells you this just doesn't happen. And it certainly doesn't happen with a team of a dozen officers in tow. And, when you think about it, none of the answers to this are very settling:

Bieber was singled out because of his recent misbehavior.

The neighbor's complaint rose to the top of the Sheriff Department's already overbearing case load because he or she is a rich as Bieber.

Or, look out because if someone in your family is dumb enough to throw eggs or be around those who do… you too will get served with a felony search warrant!

Yes, one of the 19 year old millionaire's friends was arrested in connection with drugs found during the search. Not the point. In fact, that almost supports option #1. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. This time, Bieber's shenanigans may actually produce a worthy discussion. Which is more fragile, the definition of "reasonable" in LA county or a carton of eggs?

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