In one of his final decisions, if not his final one, as a Supreme Court justice, David Souter ruled for a divided Court Thursday morning that the intrusive strip search of an Arizona middle-school girl in pursuit of drugs was a violation of her Fourth Amendment rights. But because the constitutional standard was not clear at the time of the search, the Court agreed that the assistant principal who ordered the search in 2003 was entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the violation.
Supreme Court Rules Student Strip Search Unconstitutional
The National Law Journal
June 25, 2009