Brooks DiDonato In the News: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Jails' Strip Searches OK In the matter of Albert Florence v. Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday by a 5-4 vote that jails may strip search all inmates, even those arrested for minor offenses, prior to being admitted to the general population of the jail. The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Parker McCay Shareholder J. Brooks DiDonato represented Burlington County in the matter, which was argued before the United States Supreme Court on October 12, 2011.
In this class action lawsuit, current and former inmates at the Burlington County Jail claimed that the policy of strip searching all inmates prior to admission to the general population of the jail was violative of their Fourth Amendment Right against unreasonable Search and Seizure. Mr. DiDonato previously won the then Landmark victory in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that such policy was constitutionally permissible.