A fragmented 9th Circuit turned down a facial challenge to San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey's blanket strip-search policy for individuals about to be housed in the city jail. The ruling reverses a district court judge's denial of qualified immunity for Hennessey, and specifically overturns two earlier 9th Circuit cases. "We erred in concluding that arrestees charged with minor offenses 'pose no security threat to the facility,'" the court wrote. The class action involves people arrested for nonviolent offenses.
9th Circuit Sides With San Francisco Sheriff Over Strip Searches
February 11, 2010