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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington
Citation:566 U.S. 318 (2012)
In 1999, seven years before the incidents at issue, petitioner Albert Florence was arrested after fleeing from police officers in Essex County, New Jersey. He was charged with obstruction of justice and use of a deadly weapon. When petitioner and other detainees arrived at the Essex County Correctional Facility, they passed through a metal detector and waited in a group holding cell for a more thorough search. When they left the holding cell, they were instructed to remove their clothing while an officer looked for body markings, wounds, and contraband. Petitioner alleges he was required to lift his genitals, turn around, and cough in a squatting position as part of the process. After a mandatory shower, during which his clothes were inspected, petitioner was admitted to the facility. He was released the next day, when the charges against him were dismissed. The petitioner contends that his Fourth Amendment right has been violated.
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