Thursday, June 25, 2009

USSC says it's constitutional to search a student on the word of a snitch, but disagrees with how far that search should go

Relying on the reasoning found in New Jersey v. T.L.O., the USSC says in today's Safford Unified School District v. Redding opinion that, while it's just fine to search a student on the word of a snitching fellow student, there are limits to how far that search can go.

Justice Thomas, in a partial dissent that's fortunately only cold comfort to pervy school officials across the land, says it's A-OK to search any part of a student where contraband could be found.

Here's the slip opinion.

Edited to add: Tom Freeland does a great job with this case with a post to his blog.

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