Thursday, June 25, 2009

Supreme Court Tea-Leaves Readers Wrong

In the second surprise in a week, the Supremes ruled in favor of the Arizona school girl who had been strip searched in 2003. The decision was 8-1 with Thomas dissenting. The first surprise was last week when the court did not strike down the voting rights act in an 8-1 decision with Thomas dissenting.

In both cases, tea-leave readers had thought the decisions would go the other way. However, in the strip search case the Supremes ruled 7-2 that the school officials involved were not individually liable. Ginsburg and Stevens dissented noting that the girl was made to wait outside the assistant principal's office for two hours without a call to her parents.

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