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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:52 AM

Washington State Supreme Court imposes limits on vehicle searches

Source: Seattle Times

The Washington Supreme Court has limited the ability of police to search someone's car after they've been taken into custody, further extending a long tradition of affording state residents more privacy protections than are guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling overturns the convictions of two men in unrelated cases who were stopped by police, after which officers found drugs during searches of their cars.

The justices, in an 8-1 vote on Thursday, held that police must obtain a warrant to search an arrested driver's car even if they believe it contains evidence of the crime for which the person was taken into custody.

The ruling extends protections not afforded under a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Arizona case that found searches in such cases permissible under the Fourth Amendment.

Read more: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017919643_carsearch06m.html

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Javaman Apr 2012 #5

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:13 AM

1. and what of the US surpremes ruling that

cops can strip search someone now for a minor offence?

how does this ruling in Washington state jibe with that?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:18 AM

2. People seem to have a misunderstanding of what was ruled upon.

Strip searches of anyone sent to jail no matter what the offense.. Sent to jail, not just arrested.. If you get sent to jail you will be strip searched and it has been that way forever....Nothing has changed other than the Exteme Court has ruled that policy is justified and legal..

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Response to Bandit (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 09:49 AM

3. Strip-Search Case Reflects Death of American Privacy

The plaintiff in the strip-search case was arrested after a routine traffic stop and jailed for a minor outstanding warrant that may well have been a mistake. Before entering the jail, he was forced to strip, lift his genitals, squat and cough. If that isnít an assault on human dignity, you might think, what is?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-08/strip-search-case-reflects-death-of-american-privacy.html

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Response to Javaman (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 12:20 PM

4. How is this any different than ANY Person going to jail?

Every single person entering jail is stripped searched..It has been that way forever.....

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Response to Bandit (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 09:58 PM

5. oh really? when was the last time you were in jail and were strip searched?

I had the pleasure of being rounded up as a protester and thrown in jail for the night. Never once was I STRIP SEARCHED.

So, strip searching is just fine with you, I take.

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