Category Archives: Body searches

CA5: Ptf’s manual strip and body search in prison for a missing syringe was reasonable

Plaintiff’s manual strip and body search in prison for a missing syringe was reasonable. Parker v. Woods, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 36359 (5th Cir. Nov. 19, 2020):

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D.Mont.: Warrantless taking of penile swabs from def in custody lacked exigency

Warrantless collection of penile swabs from defendant in custody lacked exigent circumstances and was suppressed. United States v. Birdsbill, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 196612 (D. Mont. Oct. 20, 2020):

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TX: SW to draw blood in DUI case allows testing for BAC

A search warrant to draw defendant driver’s blood included the ability to test it for BAC. But not anything else, such as genetic information, but that’s not the issue. Crider v. State, 2020 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 612 (Sept. 16, … Continue reading

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Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples

Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples by Danielle Ferguson (“A federal judge has approved a settlement to individuals who were unconstitutionally made to provide urine samples for suspected drug use through forced catheterizations. … Continue reading

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CA7: County jail’s body cavity searches of ptf were fact based on RS and reasonable

Plaintiff was subjected to two body cavity searches of her rectum and vagina for drugs she was reasonably believed to have smuggled into the jail through booking. It was invasive, but it was reasonable on balance with the jail’s security … Continue reading

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CA10: Body cavity search of arrestee not going into jail was unreasonable and based on jail policy

“A series of coincidences and mistaken beliefs led to the arrest of Laramie Hinkle for possessing a stolen trailer that was not even stolen. And things got worse from there. Despite Hinkle’s recently having served as police chief in a … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Forced catheterization of drug suspects with SW merely to see if drugs are in their system was unreasonable

Forced catheterization of drug suspects with a search warrant, who refused to urinate on demand, because of suspicion of drug use was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment under Schmerber. The individual defendants get qualified immunity, however, because of a lack … Continue reading

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Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Judge: Forced catheterizations by South Dakota law enforcement violated Constitution

Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Judge: Forced catheterizations by South Dakota law enforcement violated Constitution by Jonathan Ellis (“South Dakota law enforcement’s practice of using forced catheterizations to obtain urine samples from suspects violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge has … Continue reading

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CA7: QI for testing HIV sample for Hep C, too; no cause of action for violating prison policy

Plaintiff is a prisoner who bloodied a guard. He consented to a blood draw to be tested for HIV, but they also tested for Hep C. He sued over the latter. They get qualified immunity. There’s no clearly established law … Continue reading

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TX5: SW for blood didn’t have to say it could be tested, too; why else was it drawn?

A search warrant for a blood sample doesn’t have to say that it could be tested, too. Otherwise, why draw it at all. Common sense dictates it would be. Suppression order reversed. State v. Staton, 2020 Tex. App. LEXIS 2610 … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Preliminary injunction denied against compulsory blood testing of newborns

Michigan blood tests newborns for certain diseases. Based on Kanuszewski v. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 333 F. Supp. 3d 716 (E.D. Mich. 2018), the court finds that the parents are unlikely to succeed on a preliminary injunction. … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Opinion: DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

NYTimes: Opinion: DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans by Daniel I. Morales, Natalie Ram and Jessica L. Roberts (“We’re one step closer to the ‘genetic panopticon’ that Antonin Scalia warned us about.”)

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WaPo: You need a good reason to curb privacy. None exists for collecting DNA at the border.

WaPo: Editorial Board: You need a good reason to curb privacy. None exists for collecting DNA at the border. NEWS THIS MONTH that the U.S. government would start collecting DNA from people detained at the border seemed to sketch out … Continue reading

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CA3: Body cavity search for baggie of drugs was reasonable because of exigency of risk of overdose

Plaintiff’s body cavity search for a baggie of drugs in her vagina was reasonable by exigent circumstances because of a legitimate fear that she could be harmed and overdose if the bag leaked. Carbone v. Salem, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA2: Not clearly established for QI that a warrantless body cavity search required exigency and a particularized suspicion

A police officer was entitled to qualified immunity because the right to be free from a warrantless manual body cavity search in the absence of exigent circumstances and a particularized suspicion that evidence of a crime was secreted inside the … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Woman Who Said Officer Removed Her Tampon Will Receive $205,000

NYTimes: Woman Who Said Officer Removed Her Tampon Will Receive $205,000 by Isabella Kwai (“San Antonio approved the payout to Natalie Simms, 40, who said in a lawsuit that the officer violated her rights during a cavity search on the … Continue reading

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