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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton
Citation:515 U.S. 646 (1995)
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James Acton (Respondent), then a seventh grade student, sued the School District (Petitioner) for injunctive relief from enforcement of its drug testing policy, arguing that it violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Under the policy, the school district required every student participating in interscholastic athletics to consent to a random urinalysis drug testing program. Acton signed up to play football but was denied participation because he refused to consent to the drug testing.
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