Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Supreme Court ruling of Safford Unified School District v. April Redding

The case was well known. A 13 year old girl was strip searched by the school because a student tip said that she had so ibuprofen. In an 8-1 decision they found that apparently you can't strip search teenagers on a whim. But, the more important implication is that the case reestablishes a Judiciary point that Clarence Thomas is fucking jackass.

Thomas warned that the majority’s decision could backfire. “Redding would not have been the first person to conceal pills in her undergarments,” he said. “Nor will she be the last after today’s decision, which announces the safest place to secrete contraband in school.”

Yeah, the majority decision is going to backfire. If you tell children that the school can't force them naked at whim they might think they have rights.


Sparrowhawk said...

Wow what a horrible slipper-slope bullshit argument from Thomas. That's like saying we shouldn't talk about what terrorists do because it might give ideas to OTHER terrorists! Trust me, a teenager trying to hide something doesn't need any help figuring out creative places to hide it. To think someone who would say something that DUMB is on the Supreme Court. Amazing.

Oh and also...ibuprofen? Seriously? Fucking headache medicine? I'd hate to think what they would've done to this girl had they suspected she had something that was ACTUALLY illicit. Pretty amazing. Almost as amazing as the assholes who don't wanna protect gay kids from bullies.

Adam said...

What's ridiculous about Thomas' argument is that the majority specifically considered the fact that the pills were simply over-the-counter strength pain killers, so there wasn't a danger of widespread illicit use. Lower courts have leeway to interpret the decision either way in the case of illicit drugs.