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US: Strip-Searched Diplomat Got Special Treatment

Kerry tries to smooth things over as India demands case be dropped

(Newser) - The Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search has sparked a major international ruckus actually received treatment better than most American citizens could expect, US Attorney Preet Baharara says. He says that contrary to some reports, Devyani Khobragade wasn't busted in front of her children, but was arrested in the... More »

Woman Outdoes TSA, Strips in Airport

She's whisked off to hospital

(Newser) - TSA agents are itching for strip searches? They got a strip search. When a feisty traveler at Denver International was told to put out her cigarette in a nonsmoking area of the airport, she suddenly stripped off every stitch of clothing. TSA agents responded—and transported her to a local... More »

Strip-Search Case Proves Privacy Is Dead

Supreme Court is just following our lead

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's ruling upholding prisoner strip-searches is an indicator of a much wider trend. Such searches compromise human dignity, but in the court case, not even the dissenting justices argued against all strip-searches, writes Noah Feldman in Bloomberg . That's because "privacy, as we know it, is... More »

Supreme Court Backs Strip Searches for All Offenses

Conservative justices say courts can't second guess corrections officers

(Newser) - Authorities are free to strip search any suspect they want, regardless of what that person has been arrested for, the Supreme Court ruled today, in a 5-4 decision split along the justices' usual ideological battleground. The court's conservatives, including Anthony Kennedy, ruled that strip searches might be necessary to... More »

Call for Advocates to Protect Fliers From Strip-Searches

NY lawmakers' proposal follows humiliating searches of elderly

(Newser) - Two New York lawmakers are calling for on-site passenger advocates to help protect travelers from strip searches at airport security checkpoints. "I appreciate the Transportation Security Administration's work to keep air passengers safe, but passengers should not be humiliated and degraded during their travels," said Democratic state... More »

Two New Elderly Women Accuse TSA of Strip Search

Both allege that medical equipment led to improper search

(Newser) - Lenore Zimmerman isn't the only octogenarian who says she was strip-searched by the TSA during Thanksgiving week at New York's JFK airport. Zimmerman, 84, came forward first, but now the Baltimore Sun reports that Ruth Sherman, 88, and Linda Kallish, 66, both of whom were also en route... More »

Granny: I Was Strip-Searched by TSA Guards

'It was very traumatic,' says Lenore Zimmerman, 85

(Newser) - A "strip-searched" Long Island granny is threatening to sue the Transportation Security Administration, even though the agency has apologized. "I may sue them anyway because it was a very traumatic experience," 85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman tells the New York Daily News . Zimmerman said she was roughly strip searched... More »

Are Jail Strip Searches Unconstitutional?

NJ strip-search case reaches Supreme Court

(Newser) - Is it unconstitutional to strip-search every new inmate entering a jail? The Supreme Court will consider that question next month when it hears the case of Albert Florence, a 35-year-old New Jersey man who spent a week in jail because of a warrant that wrongfully said he was wanted for... More »

Israel Apologizes for Reporter Strip Searches

'We didn't mean to offend,' said government press office

(Newser) - Israel has apologized to reporters subjected to strip searches before they were allowed into a tony cocktail party press event that they were invited to by ... Israeli officials. Pregnant Palestinian al-Jazeera reporter Najwan Simri Diab stripped off her shirt for a "15-minute groping" but then left in fury when... More »

Roberts Labors to Bring Divided Court Together

Chief scores 2 big 8-1 decisions last week, but Supremes still split

(Newser) - John Roberts told the Senate in 2005 that the Supreme Court was too polarized, and as chief justice he promised to encourage harmony between the court's left and right blocs. Last week he delivered, with two 8-1 decisions on the Voting Rights Act and the strip-search of a 13-year-old girl.... More »

Strip Search of Middle School Student Illegal: Supremes

(Newser) - An Arizona middle school's strip search of a teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal, the Supreme Court ruled today. School officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding, the justices said in an 8-1 ruling. Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when school officials... More »

Ginsburg Wants Another Woman at High Court

Justice bemoans her male colleagues' 'lack of understanding'

(Newser) - Among the many people calling on Barack Obama to name a woman to fill his first Supreme Court vacancy, one voice stands out: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the sole female on the nation's highest bench. In a frank interview with USA Today, the justice says that some of her male colleagues... More »

High Court Skeptical of Strip-Search Case

And sounds skeptical

(Newser) - Savana Redding’s lawyers made their case before the Supreme Court yesterday, condemning the strip-search of a 13-year-old in a hunt for ibuprofen as unreasonable search and seizure. But the justices were skeptical, the LA Times reports, with their questions indicating they were leery of limiting school officials’ powers to... More »

School Strip-Search Case Heads to Supreme Court

Law is murky on the limits of privacy in school

(Newser) - In 2003, staff at an Arizona middle school strip-searched Savana Redding, then 13, after getting a tip that she had prescription-strength ibuprofen. They didn't find any, and Redding sued. Next month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the school's policy violated Redding's constitutional rights, reports the New York ... More »

Strip-search Costs McD's $6.1M

Jurors say franchise negligent in hoax

(Newser) - A Kentucky jury has ordered McDonald's to pay $6.1 million to settle the case of an employee who was strip-searched in the fast-food restaurant as part of a hoax. Jurors gave Louise Ogborn, 18 at the time, hefty punitive damages because McDonald's didn't seem all that concerned about warning... More »

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