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Washington Post on Lask's US Supreme Court Strip Search Case

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U.S. Supreme Court Litigator Susan Chana Lask with Albert Florence Sept. 2011

Supreme Court is asked about jails’ blanket strip-search policies

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CNN Interviews Lask on her U.S. Supreme Court Strip Search Case

Susan Chana Lask with CNN Senior Producer William Mears and Correspondent Kate Bolduan

On August 31, 2011, CNN's Washington D.C. Bureau Senior Producer William Mears and Correspondent Kate Bolduan interviewed Susan Chana Lask about her prison strip search case. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certioriari on April 5, 2011.  Argument is October 12, 2011. The issue before the United States Supreme Court is whether the Fourth Amendment permits a jail to conduct a suspicionless strip search whenever an individual is arrested for minor offenses such as violating a dog leash law or failure to pay a court fine, that are not crimes. The CNN interview airs around October 11, 2011.  Here's what Ms. Lask discussed about the case.

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How to Talk to the Police if You're Suspected of a Crime

You always have the right to remain silent, as anything you say to a police detective will be used against you in court. You also have the right to be represented by an attorney when talking with the police. Just because a detective comes around looking for you doesn’t mean you have to speak to him or see him at the police precinct. If the detective is at your door, you don’t have to open it for him unless he has a warrant. If a detective is knocking at your door, you don’t have to answer.  Here's some tips on what to do if you're suspected of a crime.

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On April 15, 2010 Susan Chana Lask Argues in Third Circuit, Supported by 5 Attorneys' General, for Fourth Amendment Protection Against Strip Searches

For the first time in any prison strip search case, 5 former Attorneys General filed a an Amici Brief supporting my Class Action case entitled Florence v. County of Burlington, et al. in the Third Circuit, Case Nos. 09-3603 and 09-3661. On April 15, 2010, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case in Philadelphia.

Susan                                                                                    SCL Third Circuit Brief

Susan Chana Lask

ZulimaFarber     DelTufo       Harvey                 Attorneys General Amici Brief

Zulima V. Farber   Robert J. Del Tufo      Peter Harvey

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