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Old 29 July 2015, 09:00 PM
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That's only partly true. Police can search an envelope--stamped or not--if the warrant they have, or the exception to the warrant requirement that applies, covers searching envelopes. Police can have a warrant to search your house for, say, guns. If that's the case, they could only search an envelope large and bulky enough to possibly contain a gun. If, on the other hand, the warrant orders the police to search for guns and receipts for guns, then probably any envelope could be searched.

Similarly, if the search is under an exception like the automobile exception, the search permitted under the exception is for evidence of the suspected crime. So if the suspected crime is theft of TVs, then no envelope search. If the suspected crime is identity theft, then yes.
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