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  •  Uh huh (5+ / 0-)

    you just keep telling yourself that.  Everything is sweetness'n'light on the civil liberties front in 21st century America.  And if you're a member of the 1%, it will be absolutely true!

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:28:52 AM PDT

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    •  the ruling was that if you're getting shoved in (1+ / 0-)
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      the general population in a prison, they're allowed to strip-search you.  Which totally makes sense, because they have to make sure drugs and weapons aren't being smuggled in.

      Was that guy who brought the lawsuit likely to have been bringing in drugs with him?  No.  Was it a travesty that he was even arrested in the first place?  Yes.

      So it turns out that if you get arrested, you might get thrown in jail before a judge can see you.  It didn't happen to me when I was arrested at an Occupy protest six months ago.  But it could mean that the prison guards might want a strip-search.  Like the Supreme Court said, they have the responsibility to ensure safety.

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