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9th Circuit Weighs Student Strip-Search Case Today

By Mark Walsh — March 26, 2008 1 min read

An en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in San Francisco, is hearing oral arguments today in the case of a student who challenged a strip search conducted by school officials looking for prescription drugs.

I blogged about the case of Redding v. Safford Unified School District here in January, when the 9th Circuit agreed to have a larger panel of judges review the case.

The September 2007 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in favor of school officials in the case, which has been essentially set aside by the full court’s en banc review, is here.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the student, has a press release that includes links to its briefs in the case. I don’t see the school district’s briefs online anywhere.

The oral arguments in this closely watched case were scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific time before an 11-judge panel of the court. I don’t know whether the 9th Circuit plans to allow cameras in the courtroom, as it sometimes does. In the past, C-SPAN has featured 9th Circuit arguments on its “America and the Courts” show.

A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.