Today is the 17th anniversary of this blog. Today is also the 259th anniversary of James Otis’ 1761 argument at the Boston Old State House against the writs of assistance in Paxton’s Case. Transcripts of the argument are here. (It was reargued Nov. 16, 1761.) See my 2011 post at the 250th anniversary.
As John Adams wrote and reported in the Legal Papers of John Adams (1968), this tension of this case was part of the impetus for the Revolution itself and the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights in 1791.