Supreme Court “Conservatives”: Strip Searches OK for Failure to Pay Fine


    The current Supreme Court, dominated by right wingnuts like Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito, is rapidly turning into one of the worst in U.S. history. Here’s the latest case in point.

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that jailers may subject people arrested for minor offenses to invasive strip searches, siding with security needs over privacy rights.

    By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled against a New Jersey man who complained that strip searches in two county jails violated his civil rights.

    Keep in mind that the individual in this case, Albert Florence, was subjected to a strip search even though: a) it was simply “a warrant for an unpaid fine;” b) “the fine actually had been paid;” and c) “failure to pay a fine is not a crime in New Jersey.” Despite all this, the so-called “conservatives” – actually far-right-wing judicial activists – on the Supreme Court said it’s perfectly fine for the state to run roughshod over individual civil liberties in this country. So much for being “conservative” in any way, shape, or form.

    P.S. What part of the Fourth Amendment (“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”) do these right-wingnut morons masquerading as Supreme Court Justices not understand?!?

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      I wish the corporate media would stop referring to Justice Kennedy as a “swing” vote, instead of yet another dangerous judicial activist, one who sides with the infamous four almost all of the time. He is NOT a male version of Sandra Day O’Conner.

    • Pain

      A few more rulings by the Roberts court and we truly will have nothing left to lose.

    • Clemgo3165

      By this decision.  What is their argument in support of this being constitutional?  Is there a way to get rid of these bums?  

    • aznew

      the state of New Jersey did not try to make this guy eat broccoli during the period they were holding him. That would have been waaaaaaay over the line, apparently.

    • kindler

      …does the right wing have with wantng the government to invade our body cavities?

      They’re against an individual mandate on healthcare, but they’re in favor of this type of date.  What a twisted, dare I say perverted vision of liberty?