On Tuesday, the Oakland City Council voted in favor of a massive settlement for 39 California men. Each of the men was subjected to an illegal strip search in public between 2002 and 2009. After years of litigation, these men will have a measure of justice and California authorities will hopefully be more careful to follow constitutional rules on searches and seizures.
Search and seizure questions come up in many criminal cases, often involving drug possession. The United States Constitution puts strong limits on when and how government agents, including police officers, are allowed to conduct searches. Our law seeks to protect the rights of all citizens from invasive searches. Public strip searches are a perfect example of this.
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