THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A divided U.S. Supreme Court with swing voting Justice Kennedy joining the 4 conservatives ruled that jailers can subject people arrested for minor offenses (such as traffic stops) can be subject to invasive strip searches.
I do not need to explain the tremendous negative impact this will have on trans people, especially those that are transiting. Now its open season if you get busted for a minor traffic offense and taken to jail. Backward thinking jailers in backward thinking counties and states may do who-knows-what.
Prior to this ruling, lower courts tended to ruled that invasive strip searches were not permitted for minor offenses. Indeed, a number of states had laws against it. But it has all been overturned by 5 conservative Supreme Court justices — all appointed by Republican presidents. The 4 liberal justices who opposed the ruling were appointed by Democrats.
Who you vote for MATTERS. The Supreme Court is the final arbitrator of the constitutionality of laws, ESPECIALLY nutty laws, of which many have been passed these days.
For trans people, showing up on election day and voting for the president who will appoint justices that has your well-being in mind is the single most important decision you can make for yourself.
Jail strip searches upheld by Supreme Court – Associated Press – POLITICO.com.
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I don’t know about anyone else but it sounds like Kennedy would make a hot date. Good looking guys who likes strip searches! How fun and you want to vote in a liberal. Go figure.
Horrible, horrible news. But, thank you Lexie for pointing out the importance of voting. We don’t need any more setbacks like this!!
They can attempt that with me….once.
I am the final arbitrator of the constitutionality of laws affecting me, and not the supreme court nor some idiotic politician, nor some law enforcement goon, and the sooner our idiotic government figures that out, the better off they will be.
Just because something is a law doesn’t mean it’s right, and if our forefathers had “obeyed the law” 236 years ago, we’d all still be living under british rule.
While you’re entitled to your opinion, keep in mind that people with hatred of trans people outnumber us, so if everyone is going to start disobeying laws, you’ll find yourself on the losing end very quickly.
There is no idiotic government. Our representatives were elected by the free will of voters. If there is anyone to blame, it’s the voters who put them in office. That’s where you need to direct your anger.