In horrifying detail, women accuse U.S. customs officers of invasive body searches – The Washington Post

By Susan Ferriss | Center for Public Integrity


The government has settled some of these cases before they could go to trial, thus avoiding potentially incriminating testimony from CBP officers accused of wrongdoing. Six of the lawsuits resulted in financial settlements costing taxpayers more than $1.2 million. Others are pending. One claim lost in a jury trial.


If they can justify suspicions, federal officers at U.S. ports of entry are authorized, without the need for warrants, to require some disrobing for genital and rectal inspections, and monitored bowel movements to check for drugs, according to a CBP handbook. At the same time, the detention-and-search handbook instructs officers to record a solid justification for every step beyond a frisk, and to respect detainees’ dignity and “freedom from unreasonable searches.” The handbook also warns against what could be considered a “visual or physical intrusion” into body cavities.


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DAs Plan Constitutional Challenge to Prosecutorial Misconduct Commission | New York Law Journal

By Dan M. Clark


The state’s district attorneys may torpedo a proposed commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct if a bill creating the group is approved by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a letter sent to the state’s prosecutors Tuesday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares said the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York will be advancing an expedited constitutional challenge to the bill. Soares is president of the DAASNY.

Soares also urged the district attorneys and their assistants to decline any appointment to the commission until the litigation is resolved, which would leave the body without four of its members required by the statute.


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Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt – The Washington Post

Arelis R. Hernández

“This is pretty outrageous. That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?” So said a federal trial judge in open court in Washington, Thursday, shortly before he threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court. The judge found out, during a hearing, that immigration agents had moved to deport the mother and daughter whose case was before him. WASHINGTON POST
More: “Turn that plane around,” furious judge orders. WASHINGTON TIMES

Fourth Circuit Thumbs its Nose at Posner and His Fight for Pro Se Justice |

By Jenna Greene

New video from ABA president calls for lawyers to help separated immigrant families–ABA Journal


ABA President Hilarie Bass has posted a short video asking America’s lawyers to help reunite immigrant families at the border.

In the video, Bass talks about what she saw during her late June trip to south Texas, where she met with immigrant mothers detained at the Port Isabel Detention Center near Harlingen. Some of those women hadn’t seen their children in six weeks, Bass said; some had talked to their children on the phone, but knew the children were far away.

But what really disturbed Bass, she said, was that all of them would give up their asylum claims and return to the violence they’re fleeing if it meant their children would be returned.

“That caused me great consternation, because these people are giving up their legal rights just to have the right to get their children back,” Bass says in the video. “I think as lawyers, we have to do everything possible to assist these victims of this policy.”

Bass then directed lawyers to, a new ABA web page that aggregates opportunities for interested lawyers to volunteer, advocate or donate to help separated and detained families.



Suit claims cap on deduction for state and local taxes violates equal state sovereignty–ABA Journal


Four states filed a lawsuit Tuesday that contends the $10,000 cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes is unprecedented and unconstitutional.

The states of New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, report the Wall Street JournalForbes and Courthouse News Service. A press release is here.


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