April 2nd, 2012
11:12 AM ET

High court rules against man strip searched for traffic violation

A New Jersey man who was strip searched in prison after being accused of failing to pay a traffic fine lost his Supreme Court appeal Monday.

The 5-4 divided court found two county prisons "struck a reasonable balance between inmate privacy and the needs of the (correctional) institution."

The conservative majority concluded a "reasonable suspicion" standard could be applied when conducting examinations of newly admitted prisoners. Albert Florence said he was subjected to what he called a pair of intrusive, humiliating searches six years ago.

Albert Florence said he was subjected to what he called a pair of intrusive, humiliating searches six years ago.

But Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said the policy was designed to protect Florence's safety.

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  1. lok

    The strip-searched was a male, not a woman, so I can't understand what's the problem. Every male is just a wild beast, so the male modesty should be not allowed, therefore a male can be strip-searched in public too. Obviously a woman deserves much more respect from Police, that's rare strip searches and just by female officers in complete privacy, at the contrary a male can be humiliated in two or more strip searches without any privacy and by female officers too. I'm sure that the Court approved fairly this double humiliating strip search because the alleged guilty was a male, and that's ok.

    April 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joe

    How does one read the actual comments? I click everything, but nothing ever comes up.

    July 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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