Sotomayor Strip Search Dissent A Clue To Her Civil Rights Position

07/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Last week, while President Obama was vetting her credentials out of the Oval Office, Judge Sonia Sotomayor firmly dissented from her appeals court colleagues on a case that -- while it surely won't be considered a landmark ruling in the vein of saving Major League Baseball -- suggests her approach to civil rights.

The case involved procedures for a clothing exchange -- in which inmates trade their civilian clothes for prison garb -- in a county jail upstate. At issue was whether prison guards who watched inmates undressing during the clothing exchange, in violation of jail policy, were conducting an unwarranted search and therefore violating the prisoner's Fourth Amendment rights.

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