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body cavity search

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body cavity search


Definition A self-explanatory term for the visual or manual examination of body cavities–e.g., mouth and external genitalia by police or border agents for material which has not been formally declared–e.g., money, is illegal–e.g., illicit drugs, or not allowed in a particular context–e.g., knife or gun.

The right of US officials to perform intrusive body cavity searches comes directly from the US Supreme Court in Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520 (1979), which established a standard of “reasonable grounds”, which includes security concerns and trafficking of illegal drugs

Synonym Cavity search 


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