Senior 9th Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher gave the federal government what it wanted Wednesday, but she didn't feel too good about it. She authored two opinions -- and sat on the panel that offered a third -- that said that border agents searching for contraband may take apart an automobile without reasonable cause for suspicion. Fletcher made her feelings known by writing a concurrence to one of her own opinions, expressing "distaste for the government's game-playing."
Feds' Search Moves Trouble 9th Circuit
September 15, 2005