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9. Detainees, strip searches

State v. Jimmie G. Minett, 2014 WI App 40; case activity Issue:  Whether under State v. Popenhagen, 2008 WI 55, 309 Wis. 2d 601, 749 N.W.2d 611, suppression of evidence discovered during a strip search may be a remedy for violation of § 968.255? Holding:  “No,” said the court of appeals.  Popenhagen simply abrogated case law that… Read More

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Strip Search – Detainee – Jail Policy

Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington et al., USSC No. 10-945, 4/2/12, affirming 621 F.3d 296 (3rd Cir. 2010) A jail policy requiring that every detainee who will be admitted to the facility’s general population may be required to undergo close visual inspection while undressed is reasonable under the fourth amendment. The question… Read More

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Docket Decision below (621 F.3d 296 (3rd Cir 2010)) Question Presented: Whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense no matter what the circumstances. Scotusblog page Caselaw in this Circuit has long rejected suspicionless jail strip searches for minor offenses. Mary Beth… Read More

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Consent — Acquiescence — Strip Search

State v. Charles A. Wallace, 2002 WI App 61 For Wallace: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether Wallace voluntarily consented, or merely acquiesced, to a strip search following arrest for a minor traffic violation. Holding: ¶19. The police made their request during the booking process and before Wallace’s bond had been posted. We concur… Read More

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Consent — Scope — Body Cavity Search

State v. Charles A. Wallace, 2002 WI App 61 For Wallace: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue: Whether Wallace’s consent for a strip search encompassed the more intrusive body cavity search that ensued (Wallace bent over and spread his buttocks). Holding: ¶29. We have concluded that Wallace voluntarily consented to a strip search, and the… Read More

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State v. Charles A. Wallace, 2002 WI App 61 For Wallace: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate Issue/Holding: ¶25. We conclude, however, that we need not address whether police may conduct a consensual strip search free of the statutory restrictions. Absent a constitutional violation, a court may not suppress evidence obtained in violation of a… Read More

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Tayr Kilaab Al Ghashiyah (Kahn) v. McCaughtry, 230 Wis.2d 587, 602 N.W.2d 307 (Ct. App. 1999) For Kahn: Walter W. Stern. Issue: Whether a prison inmate may be strip-searched, under the fourth amendment, upon being taken to or from segregation. Holding: “(W)e conclude that a prison inmate in segregation status does not possess a reasonable expectation… Read More

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