Supreme Court Declines to Hear MCSO's Cross-Gender Kinda Nude Inmate Pat-Down Case

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If you're man, and had plans of going to jail to get felt up by a woman, we have some bad news.

The United States Supreme Court decided today to not hear the case of a former Maricopa County jail inmate who claims a female detention officer grabbed his junk during a somewhat-nude pat down while he was a guest of the county in 2004.

The former inmate, Charles Byrd, claims that having a woman conduct a search that included him stripping down to only his jail-issued pink undies violated his Fourth Amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, and ruled that the cross-gender pat down violated Byrd's rights -- and the Supreme Court will not hear the case to potentially overturn that ruling.


The incident happened in 2004, when Byrd -- as well as nearly 90 other inmates at the Durango Jail -- were ordered to strip down to their pink undies for a search for contraband.

Present during the search were an estimated 25 cadets, a number of training supervisors, and 10 to 15 uniformed guards. One of those cadets was Kathleen O'Connell, who Byrd claims grabbed his penis and butt during the search.

The type of search used for Byrd and the other inmates is described as a cross between a pat-down search and a strip search. Rather than a visual inspection, the search used on Byrd allowed officers to physically touch him to identify concealed weapons or contraband.

No contraband was found on Byrd.

The 9th Circuit voted 6-5 in favor of Byrd in the case -- but only after a jury in a lower court determined Byrd's rights had not been violated.

In the courts decision, first obtained by the Christian Science Monitor, Judge Johnnie Rawlinson writes that "the indignity of the non-emergency strip search conducted by an unidentified female cadet was compounded by the fact that there were onlookers, at least one of whom videotaped the humiliating event."

"Courts throughout the country have universally frowned upon cross-gender strip searches in the absence of an emergency or exigent circumstances," he continues.

So, heterosexual male jail inmates, when it's only male detention officers grabbing your balls from now on, you can thank Charles Byrd. 
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Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

Oh great. And because of Charles Byrd, that means man-to-man grope fest, if you are a new inmate. I wonder if new inmates can still request female guards to do the searches, rather than a man? Thanks to Charles Byrd, what a dumb-nut. Is he a homo or what?

Jason
Jason

Why am I not surprised by this latest round of MCSO shurf bullshit?

OF COURSE his detention officers are going to violate you and your rights. As a result, the MCSO shurf exposes the county to liability. 

Guess who pays for the Joker's stupidity?

TAXPAYERS!!!!!!

We taxpayers need and deserve a sheriff who actually does his freakin job and does his or her job CORRECTLY. I say recall Arpaio.

Guest
Guest

Such BS, then why can the TSA male agent get away with doing it to a women...What he didn't like admitting the he probably got a hard on afterwards and it was caught on the video camera...What a waste of tax payers money...

BIG RED MACHINE
BIG RED MACHINE

 are you a  Satan worshiper? the 666 gave it away. I thought you didnt believe in God or Satan?  it seems you are finally coming around to our way of thinking. Welcome Brother.

Booshwah Rock Star
Booshwah Rock Star

 Hey didnt we know each other in Nam? I was a dust off medic. you sound just like me.

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