Court: Body cavity search was 'shock to the conscience'

8:07 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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A federal appeals court says a body cavity search ordered in Anderson County was a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

It stems from the arrest for a drug suspect named Felix Booker three years ago. The court says sheriff's deputies suspected Booker was hiding drugs in his body, so they took him to a hospital, where a doctor performed an invasive cavity search.

During the procedure Booker was made unconscious and temporarily paralyzed so the doctor could remove a rock of crack cocaine.

Booker was later convicted in the case, but the appeals court ruled this week that the search was an unreasonable search and violated the Constitution.

So the court overturned the conviction, calling the forced cavity search a "shock to the conscience."

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