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Supreme Court upholds jail strip searches, including for minor offenses

• Washington Post
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that those arrested for even minor violations may be strip-searched before being admitted to jail, saying safety concerns outweigh personal privacy rights.

The court’s conservatives ruled against a New Jersey man who was strip-searched after being mistakenly arrested on an outstanding warrant.

 

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Comment by Ed Price
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Coming next: You were driving on the highway, mid-rush traffic, any big city USA, and the officer stopped you for a possible minor offense...

Officer: May I see your drivers license and proof of insurance.

You: Officer, am I being detained?

Officer: Yes. Step out of the car and prepare for a strip-search, both for my safety and for the safety of the hundreds of motorists passing by in this rush-hour traffic. You might be a terrorist.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/us/justices-approve-strip-searches-for-any-offense.html

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