In its second eight-to-one decision this week, the Supreme Court rules "a school’s strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal."
The lone dissent: Clarence Thomas.
Savana Redding, who now attends college, was 13 when officials at Safford Middle School ordered her to remove her clothes and shake out her underwear because they were looking for pills — the equivalent of two Advils. The district bans prescription and over-the-counter drugs and the school was acting on a tip from another student.
"What was missing from the suspected facts that pointed to Savana was any indication of danger to the students from the power of the drugs or their quantity, and any reason to suppose that Savana was carrying pills in her underwear," Justice David Souter wrote in the majority opinion. "We think that the combination of these deficiencies was fatal to finding the search reasonable."
On Monday: Clarence Thomas—the court's lone black justice—was the sole vote in another 8-1 decision that supported a key provision in the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Thomas argued the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary "because the explicit racial segregation of the Jim Crow era is gone.