thanks for your thoughtful response to my post. To chat about it a bit more, in my defense, the gentleman in question specifically cites the 4th Amendment. He doesn't say "they invaded my privacy, which sucks", it says instead "a 4th Amendment invasion of privacy".
My view is that this statement shows a misunderstanding of the rudiments of the law, which again is no big deal; I was just making the point that when a blog, newspaper, magazine, and so forth, write about a legal ruling, goofy misunderstandings of the basics of the American legal system are often the result. People who trust the journalists/blogger/whatever then read the article, and the misinformation spreads apace. I believe this is irresponsible and ultimately not the best thing for society.
That was my ultimate point from my initial post, and I agree with you that I could have expressed it more eloquently.
As for your thoughts that all lawyers "have a really hard time picking out the difference between the reality of the law". It seems to me that you are using a bit of a broad brush here, but I respect your view, which of course is probably held by a large swathe of society. However I'm afraid it doesn't correspond with my own thoughts or experience on the subject. My own experience suggests that most (although by no means all) attorneys are strongly grounded in reality generally, but must fulfill their ethical duties of guiding their clients through the intricacies of the law, even where the client or attorney may feel that the law as it is being applied is not appropriate to the situation. I could give examples, but this is probably not the best forum for that sort of thing, and anyways, examples provided by someone whom you ostensibly consider to be out of touch with reality probably wouldn't be very useful in any event.
Thank you again for your thoughts.