Thanks to a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling police can now arrest you for a traffic violation, arrest you, strip search you, give you a shower and detain you in jail.
Boy those conservatives on the court are consistent. G.W. with his Patriots Act that allows law enforcement to break into your home if they are suspicious of something they think you may have done, can wire tap your home….
Gosh just think if the Republicans get control of the White House and Congress; why they might even be coming into your bedroom to make sure you aren’t using birth control, probably a person from Florida who is a member of a Neighborhood Watch group. Better make sure there is a bottle of aspirns nearby and one between your partners knees.
In their 5-4 decision, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who was strip-searched in two-county jails following his arrest on a warrant for an unpaid fine that he had, in reality, paid, and had an affidavit in his glove department to show it had been paid, because some lazy bureaucrat never posted the paid fine on the computer.
Did I mention the victim was black? Doesn’t make any difference, everyone is treated the same; right?
Justice Anthony Kennedy gave 3 reasons to justify routine searches-detecting lice and contagious infections, looking for tattoos and other evidence of gang membership and preventing smuggling of drugs and weapons.
Really; this gentleman riding in an SUV, his pregnant wife driving, their child in the back seat, was going to his mother-in-laws home for dinner. Even if the warrant has been valid, failure to pay a fine is not a crime in NJ.
Bull Shit Kennedy and your other 4 disgraceful Justices. And Chief Justice John Roberts has the nerve to say he’d like to see larger majority votes, like maybe 9-0 in his favor; sure has hell will never freeze over you’ll never see this court vote the other way.