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X-rays and warrant scope

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Sheri Qualters reports for the NLJ:

A nonconsensual X-ray of an arrestee's entire abdomen based on a search warrant for an anal cavity search is constitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit has ruled.

On Oct. 18, a unanimous panel, in Spencer v. Roche, affirmed summary judgment rulings in favor of government and hospital defendants....

In 2008, Shane Spencer sued two Worcester, Mass., police officers, the city and Saint Vincent Hospital, where the X-rays were taken following his July 2005 arrest for driving with a suspended driver's license. According to the 1st Circuit briefs, police obtained a search warrant based on an informant's tip that Spencer had placed crack cocaine in his anal cavity.

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