On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (along party lines with Justice Anthony Kennedy hitched to the conservative bandwagon) that the police can strip-search any person arrested for any crime -- no matter how petty the offense and without the burden of probable cause -- before admitting him or her to jail.
As Justice Stephen Breyer pointed out in the dissent, people can be arrested and held for offenses as minor as traffic infractions like not using a turn signal or having a noisy muffler. Have you been arrested for a petty crime -- an offense the Supreme Court evidently believes is sufficient to warrant a strip search? Tell us about the experience here on Open Salon.
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