Ninth Circuit Sends Mixed Signals In Strip Search Case
There were three opinions written — a majority, concurrence and dissent — on the 2-1 Ninth Circuit panel that ruled against San Francisco on the constitutionality of its former jail strip search policy. As the Legalpad blog said in its headline: 9th Plays Jail Strip Searches Left, Right & Center. Although on the surface, the Court did not upset 20 years of its strip search jurisprudence, two of the three panel members urged the Court to reject its precedents as inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s 1979 decision in Bell v. Wolfish.
The case is Bull v. City and County of San Francisco (9th Circuit August 22, 2008). For a more detailed analysis, read Ninth Circuit Strip Search Law In Flux After Bull Decision. Read the three opinions for yourself at the Section 1983 Civil Rights Law Reporter, a companion blog to Newdorf Legal.
Jail Strip Search Update
An en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit reversed the panel decision in September 2010. For the latest update on the Bull case, read about the 9th Circuit en banc decision.
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