Wednesday, April 22, 2009

overheard at oral argument

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about the constitutionality of a strip search of a 13-year-old girl in school; another student had accused her of bringing ibuprofen to school. Under consideration was whether a female school official acted appropriately when the girl was told to move aside her bra and underwear, to check for the pills.  Then Justice Breyer mentioned what children put in their underwear:

“In my experience when I was 8 or 10 or 12 years old, you know, we did take our clothes off once a day.... We changed for gym, O.K.? And in my experience, too, people did sometimes stick things in my underwear.”

And yes, even in the U.S. Supreme Court, everyone laughed.

hat tip:  Cindy Buys


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