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Florence v Board of Chosen Freeholders

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, the courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials -- especially the police -- vast discretion in carrying out strip searches for a broad range of violations.

Florida v. Harris: Turning Police Dogs Into Search Warrants on a Leash

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"The unspoken power dynamics in a police/civilian encounter will generally favor the police, unless the civilian is a local sports hero, the mayor, or...

Sleeping Through a Revolution: It's Time for President Obama to Wake Up to the True Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The following key principles, largely absent from Obama's first term in office, formed the backbone of Rev. King's life and work.

Missouri v. McNeely: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

Supreme Court "Strips" Fourth Amendment Protections

John M. Burns | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
John M. Burns

Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

I prefer to think this does not translate simply as "liberal = favorable to Democrats" and "conservative = favorable to Republicans." Yet the radical inconsistency of the court in two recent cases suggests I am insufficiently cynical.

Health Insurance and Strip Searches: The Public as Constitutional Thinkers

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Only small segments of the public pay substantial, sustained attention even to high-profile cases like this one, never mind the particulars of the full reach of the interstate commerce clause, or whether requiring health insurance is akin to mandating consumption of broccoli.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court OKs Suspicionless Strip Searches For New Jail Inmates | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday decided that jails may perform suspicionless strip searches on new inmates regardless of the gravity of thei...

Mike Sacks

Justice Kennedy May Swing Case On Strip Searches | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There was so much talk of anal cavities at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning that Justice Antonin Scalia asked, "You want us to write ...