Monday, April 02, 2012

Fourth Amendment is dead and gone

Of course it's been on life support for all too many years already, but the Fourth Amendment took its last gasping breath before being throttled by this latest SCOTUS decision on strip searching:
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.
Any offense. No matter how minor.

You know when I read the classic dystopian novels of my youth, I always hoped Brave New World would be the vision that correctly predicted the future. Sadly, it appears Orwell won.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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