Black Woman Strip-Searched At Airport Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against U.S. Customs

December 1998
Jet;12/21/98, Vol. 95 Issue 4, p12
Reports that Gwendolyn Richards was strip searched, X-rayed, and probed internally by a doctor, while returning to Chicago, Illinois from Jamaica, under suspicion that she was smuggling drugs. How she has recently joined a class-action civil rights lawsuit against the United States Customs Office, due to the fact that they had no reason to think she had drugs; The number of strip searches and X-rays ordered by US customs officers in 1997; 60 percent of the people being Black or Hispanic; The comments of Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly.


Related Articles

  • FOURTH AMENDMENT--THE COURT FURTHER LIMITS STANDING. Lauer, Rebecca J. // Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology;Winter1980, Vol. 71 Issue 4, p567 

    This article examines the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in the cases of Payner, Rawlings and Salvucci in relation to the fourth amendment clause of the U.S. Constitutional law which guarantees the right of individuals to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against...

  • THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL v. DANHAI WILLIAMS AND DANWILLS CONSTRUCTION LIMITED.  // Jamaica Law Reports 1996: Volume 34;1996, Vol. 34, p229 

    The article discusses a court case wherein a group of respondents filed a motion claiming their fundamental rights violated when a warrant was authorized to search their property and remove some documents. In 1992, the respondents were suspected for fraudulent importation of motor vehicles, and...

  • MAKING RIGHTS. Leong, Nancy // Boston University Law Review;Mar2012, Vol. 92 Issue 2, p405 

    By adjudicating cases, courts make constitutional rights. This Article considers the conditions under which this constitutional rights-making should take place. Ideally, constitutional rights-making should occur simultaneously in multiple remedial, factual, and procedural contexts. In reality,...

  • Samson v. California: Tearing Down a Pillar of Fourth Amendment Protections. Cacace, Robert // Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review;Winter2007, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p223 

    The article discusses the case Samson v. California. In this case, a statute that dispensed with the requirement that a police officer must have individualized suspicion before searching a parolee was upheld by the Court in the name of crime prevention. The effect was that the decision increased...

  • Advil Strip Search. Sullum, Jacob // Reason;Nov2008, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p16 

    The article discusses a court case of Savana Redding who was strip-searched at the age of 13 by Arizona school officials who are looking for ibuprofen pills in her underwear. The judges hearing the case agreed that vice principal Kerry Wilson's decision to order a grossly intrusive search...

  • It's border business as usual. Dettmer, Jamie // Insight on the News;12/16/96, Vol. 12 Issue 47, p6 

    Reports on initiatives by customs officials in the United States to tighten methods used to search for drugs passing through the US along the Mexican border. Controversy over line-release program where commercial traffic gets little or no inspection; Pressure on customs inspectors not to hold...

  • Ad Exec Sues U.S. Customs. McCarthy, Michael; Linnett, Richard // Adweek Midwest Edition;11/29/99, Vol. 40 Issue 48, p78 

    Discusses the lawsuit filed by SpikeDDB company art director Yvette Bradley against the United States Customs officials due to the body search done to her. Reason behind the search done on her; Racial profiling at airports and highways; Payment she sought for the damages.

  • Pocket protector.  // New York;05/17/99, Vol. 32 Issue 19, p14 

    Discusses the issuance to United States Customs Service inspectors of plastic wallet inserts containing the agency's different policies and procedures. Guidelines for strip and cavity searches; Courtesy to suspected drug carriers.

  • Lower Court Holding.  // Supreme Court Debates;Apr2007, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p11 

    The article presents an excerpt from the unanimous opinion written on December 23, 2005 by Rosemary Judge Barkett, of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of appeals, on the case Timothy Scott versus Victor Harris, which concerns Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable seizure.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics