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.
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