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Strip-Search Lawyers Air Dirty Linen

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In Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders, No. 10-945, the question before the Supreme Court (as phrased by the plaintiff) is, "Whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search of every individual arrested for any minor offense no matter what the circumstances."  But there is a backstory here about a nasty fight between two lawyers for the plaintiff, reported by Jess Bravin in the WSJ.

The dispute between Susan Chana Lask and Elmer Robert Keach III sheds light on a little-known but lucrative legal niche, and shows why a decisive ruling by the Supreme Court is sometimes the last thing lawyers want.
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Mr. Keach said he and his colleagues have racked up $36 million in class-action settlements with jails across the Northeast and as far away as Texas that routinely strip-searched inmates. Roughly 30% of that went to attorneys' fees.

Ms. Lask may have ruined it all, Mr. Keach said, by bringing a case before a conservative-led Supreme Court, where several justices suggested at arguments last month that blanket strip-search policies might be constitutional.

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