Alito and Strip Searching of 10-Year-Old Girls

Monday, October 31, 2005

The attacks are already pouring in, and as expected liberals are resorting to shameful distortion to smear the record of (oh it feels good to write the following) Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

Some such as Daily Kos, are downright lying.

One of the claims is that Alito supports the strip-searching of 10-year-old girls. I guess that would make him a monster...unless you actually read Alito's decision before rendering a character judgment.

The case was Doe v. Groody, and Alito along with two other judges were to determine if a mother and her 10-year-old daughter had their rights violated when they were searched by police who had executed a warrant for the man of the house on a suspected drug charges.

According to the post at Daily Kos and other liberal sites:

In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home.
Only "the man and his home" you say? Well too bad for Kos the truth is right there in the case brief itself, easily accessible thanks to the Internet.

From the case text itself:
The typed affidavit requested permission to search John Doe's residence and his Volkswagen for drugs, paraphernalia, money, drug records and other evidence.

The search should also include all occupants of the residence...
Oh there's more, but I encourage you to follow the link and read it yourself. You'll find that everyone in the home was subject to legal search.

So yes, when police are serving a warrant to arrest a possible drug suspect, it is certainly reasonable to assume other persons in the residence may be concealing sought after contraband, and are subject to search. To disagree with Alito's ruling is to give criminals the right to use minors as a concealing vehicle for contraband. A loophole so wide would be open that it would be nearly impossible to catch these guys if they could just stash their goods in their child's diaper.

But you know what, if you want to oppose Alito, then fine. But don't lie or falsify his record. Read the damn cases for yourself before determining he is yet another "extremist" who will "turn back the clock" on everything conservatives supposedly want to turn back.