Monday, April 09, 2012

Strip-Search Case Reflects Death of American Privacy - Bloomberg

Strip-Search Case Reflects Death of American Privacy - Bloomberg: To be the swing voter, you have tobe willing to swing. In the last three weeks, U.S. Supreme CourtJustice Anthony Kennedy has shown how it’s done.

First he wrote the majority opinion in a landmark 5-4 caseestablishing a constitutional right to an adequate lawyer inplea-bargaining negotiations. Liberals were enthused. Yet in histough questioning during the Obamacare arguments, he shook upthe conventional wisdom that mandatory coverage would be upheldcomfortably. Liberals were not enthused. Then, as a coda, hewrote the majority opinion in a 5-4 case allowing jails tostrip-search anyone being put into the general prison population-- even without suspicion, and even after the most trivialmisdemeanor arrest. The same liberals who loved him in March areprepared to loathe him in April.

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