April 2, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington that a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights were not violated when he was strip searched upon entering jail. Petitioner Albert Florence was arrested in New Jersey after being pulled over when it ...[read more]
February 9, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On February 9, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling upholding the constitutionality of strip searching incoming inmates. The court found that strip searches are reasonable, considering both the nature of the US prison system and the documented evidence of illegal ...[read more]
October 13, 2011
by Erin Bock
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington, the court considered whether a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was strip searched twice after being arrested for a non-criminal offense ...[read more]
July 2, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani is not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and is therefore fit to stand trial. The issue of Ghailani's psychological state arose after he requested to be exempt from prison strip searches ...[read more]
June 18, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A ruling was released Thursday by Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) denying a request from former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani to be exempt from prison strip searches, citing security concerns. Kaplan issued the ruling on Monday, ...[read more]
May 6, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A federal judge ruled Thursday that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani must attend the opening of his trial, requiring him to submit to strip searches he claims are traumatic. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) ruled that Ghailani is ...[read more]
February 10, 2010
by Jay Carmella
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that strip searching all incoming inmates does not violate the Fourth Amendment and is necessary to prevent illegal substances from entering prisons. San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey had enacted the policy to strip search new ...[read more]
June 25, 2009
by Christian Ehret
The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in Safford United School District #1 v. Redding that a strip search of a school student violated her Fourth Amendment rights but that school officials who conducted the search are protected from liability via qualified immunity. New Jersey v. T.L.O. sets ...[read more]
July 2, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
USSen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has criticized the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) warrantless searches and seizures of travelers' laptops and other digital devices at the US border, calling the searches an unacceptable invasion of privacy. The Supreme Court has held that reasonable... ...[read more]
June 13, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit Thursday against the Texas Youth Commission (TYC), alleging that five girls imprisoned at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex were subjected to punitive solitary confinement, physical abuse and invasive strip ...[read more]

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