Strip Search

Officers had “reasonable suspicion” to conduct a strip search of a prison visitor, because she adjusted her clothing in such a way that it looked like she was reaching into her pants, the Fourth Circuit ruled. The woman says she was “bawling” and “didn’t understand what was going on” when she consented to the search, which included an inspection of her tampon. The officers who searched her did not find any contraband on her.

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Qatar Apologizes, Investigates Forced Airport Examinations

Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to an abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the searches.

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Wiretap Order

A trial court must reevaluate its denial of a man’s request to inspect a wiretap order and intercepted communications, an appeals court in California ruled. The man was targeted by a wiretap in 2015 that was authorized by a judge in Riverside County who signed 17% of “all the wiretaps authorized by all the state and federal courts in the nation” in 2014. In the years since his calls were intercepted, the man was never charged with any crime relating to the wiretap.

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