Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Strip Search Case

The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington. At issue in the case is whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every suspect, even those arrested for minor traffic offenses. The Petitioner Albert Florence was arrested based on an inaccurate police record of his previously resolved traffic fine. Florence was held for six days and subject to multiple strip searches before he was eventually brought before a judge and released. EPIC successfully argued before the Third Circuit in Doe v. Luzerne that an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy in remaining free from the government’s recording of nude images. EPIC also filed a “Friend of the Court” brief in Herring v. US, involving a Fourth Amendment challenge to an arrest and search based on incorrect information in a government database. For more information, see EPIC: Herring v. US.


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