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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 02:54 PM
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Judge: Finest must loosen the rules for GOP(Convention) protesters
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/breaking_news/story/21...

In a ruling certain to affect protests at the Republican National Convention, a judge has ordered city police to end bag searches of demonstrators and to allow protesters to move more easily in demonstration areas.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said in a ruling made public Monday that police will not be allowed to search the bags of demonstrators unless they can show a specific threat to public safety and explain how blanket searches can reduce the threat.

He said his order does not stop the police from conducting less intrusive searches of all demonstrators with devices such as metal-detecting wands.

Sweet said the city had not shown that the invasion of personal privacy entailed by the bag search policy is justified by the general invocation of terrorist threats, without showing how searches will reduce the threat.

He added, though, that the ban on searches at demonstrations is not categorical and may be justified under different circumstances.

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 02:58 PM
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1. They could have used someone of his quality in Florida
during the last FTAA meetings.

This judge seems professional, and decent. He'd better watch out:there could be a bounty on his head.
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Massacure Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:08 PM
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2. New York is a democratic strong hold
It would be different if he lived in the deep south.
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