The parents of a 31-year-old Durham man are not giving up on a dispute with the Raleigh Police Department. They believe their son is a “marked man,” even though the two misdemeanor charges against him have been dismissed. The family filed complaints with the RPD Internal Affairs unit and state authorities; to date, they have
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An arrest for a minor offense is usually handled quickly. Most of the 700,000 arrests on nonviolent, non-drug-related criminal charges every year go right to a judge, and the suspects are released immediately. If a judge is not available, though, the suspects are held in jail — and in many jurisdictions they are strip searched.
Continue Reading Supreme Court Says Strip Searches Outweigh Fourth Amendment Rights P4
We want to finish up our discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court case about strip searches and Fourth Amendment rights before we talk about the Trayvon Martin “stand your ground” case. In our last post, we went over the majority opinion that said the strip searches were not unreasonable because they served a legitimate purpose.
Continue Reading Supreme Court Says Strip Searches Outweigh Fourth Amendment Rights P3
We are continuing our discussion of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could change the way jails operate across the country. Critics are astounded that the court upheld the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed jails to strip search incoming detainees regardless of their crimes. Neither the case nor the appellate court was
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North Carolina’s defense attorneys and prosecutors alike were probably taken by surprise earlier this week when they learned the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that a detainee in a county jail may be subjected to a strip search regardless of the severity of the suspected criminal offense. The detainee in the case was arrested for
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