Editor’s note: This is a big old WTF moment in American history!
In a shocking abdication of its responsibility to uphold Americans’ constitutional freedoms, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that people suspected of minor offenses, such as rolling through a stop light, can be stripped and have their body cavities searched by jail guards.
Writing for the slim 5-4 majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the court should not second-guess prison officials.
But that is exactly why there is a court – to second-guess officials when they ignore constitutional rights and freedoms.
In this case, the court threw away the individual’s basic right not to be punished before being adjudicated.