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Hopefully you’ve paid your parking tickets before you head home tonight, because those lovable SCOTUS scamps issued a rather important ruling on the Fourth Amendment Monday that could make you have a really bad day!

In a rather ridiculous ruling, the court decreed from its Capitol Hill mountain top that an illegal stop-and-frisk is completely, 100% totally fine if that illegal stop-and-frisk ends up with cops finding some REALLY good shit on you, like warrants or illegal drugs. Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered a scathing dissent that makes us wonder just how out of their damn minds the rest of the Supreme Court has become.

At first glance the ruling in Utah v. Strieff seems pretty cut and dried: a local cop (acting on an anonymous tip) noticed a number of people entering and exiting a house about as regularly as a Manhattan Starbucks. Using his super heightened sense of policeman’s gut instinct, the officer followed one of these individuals, Edward Strieff, to a local convenience store. The cop asked Strieff for his I.D., then arrested him for an outstanding warrant related to a traffic ticket. Upon searching Strieff, the officer found a bag of meth, and totally ruined Streiff’s mellow vibe.

In a ruling opinion penned by Justice Clarence Thomas, the court stated that even though the initial stop was not lawful, since an outstanding warrant was discovered, as well as illegal drugs and paraphernalia, the search was legitimate. So, even though you have a constitutional right designed to protect you from this exact type of horseshit, your Fourth Amendment right now has an asterisk and a footnote that reads, “Certain restrictions may apply.”

Justice Sotomayor didn’t take this too lightly (probably because she’s a Messi-can Puerto Rican or whatever), and scribbled a brutal 12-page dissent that highlights the ignorance and racism inherent in the court’s ruling:

“This Court has given officers an array of instruments to probe and examine you…This Court has allowed an officer to stop you for whatever reason he wants — so long as he can point to a pretextual justification after the fact. That justification must provide specific reasons why the officer suspected you were breaking the law, but it may factor in your ethnicity, where you live, what you were wearing, and how you behaved. The officer does not even need to know which law you might have broken so long as he can later point to any possible infraction — even one that is minor, unrelated, or ambiguous.”

Cops, illegally searching minorities? Come on, when has that EVER happened?

Sotomayor took issue not just with how it was an illegal stop of a pedestrian in the first place, but that the officer was looking for a reason to make an arrest. The state of Utah admits that both the stop and the search were unlawful, but they caught a filthy druggie with unpaid parking tickets, so justice was served! Never mind that a number of situations can result in an automatic misdemeanor warrant, like inability to pay a traffic ticket, missing a court date, breaking a curfew or drinking while on probation. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

The officer’s control over you does not end with the stop. If the officer chooses, he may handcuff you and take you to jail for doing nothing more than speeding, jaywalking, or “driving [your] pickup truck . . . with [your] 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter . . . without [your] seatbelt fas­tened.”

At the jail, he can fingerprint you, swab DNA from the inside of your mouth, and force you to “shower with a delousing agent” while you “lift [your] tongue, hold out [your] arms, turn around, and lift [your] genitals.”

Even if you are innocent, you will now join the 65 million Americans with an arrest record and experience the “civil death” of discrimination by employers, landlords, and whoever else conducts a background check. And, of course, if you fail to pay bail or appear for court, a judge will issue a warrant to render you “arrestable on sight” in the future.

Bear in mind tonight that as you climb behind the wheel, walk down the street, or cruise on your bicycle, any officer who feels a tingle in his Spidey Sense has a right to stop, search, and investigate you, whether or not you were doing anything wrong. Looks like SCOTUS is giving Trump a hand by starting his police state early!

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  • Skadi

    …so, should the police start following Starbucks patrons now? After all, they do enter and exit with suspicious regularity…

    • TeeRaak

      And ballet dancers magicians!

      “Furtive” movements…

      • Erik Lonnrot

        Also orchard workers for frutive movements.

    • WIDTAP

      Starbuck patrons are also know for getting their daily morning fix for their favorite stimulant drug.

    • Jenny

      Starbucks is the local police hang out, at least in the areas of Austin I’m in.

      • Msgr_Moment

        They serve donuts?!

        • Jenny

          They do actually. But the female cops love some frappacinos.

          • aureolaborealis

            You sound like a female cop.
            >leans into the plastic flowers<
            WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE I'VE NEVER MET BEFORE?!?! WHAT IS THIS WHITE POWDER SOMEBODY JUST PUT IN MY POCKET?!?!
            I DO NOT RECOGNIZE YOUR JURISDICTION OVER ME!!!!!

  • TJ Barke

    The cops are gonna protect and serve the shit out of you!

  • arglebargle

    Sometimes being a white, middle aged male has its advantages. Wait, did I say sometimes?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Older white women as well. Functionally invisible in public.

      • AlasAnAss

        That’s why I only use postmenopausal librarians as mules in my drug empire.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          My wife is looking for a job.

    • Jenny

      Don’t drive anything too old though. Then you’ll be confused as a poor.

      • Blank Ron

        How do you think they feel about out-of-country license plates?

        • willi0000000

          those are called “fair game.”

  • Rick Hill

    She so eloquently and intelligently lays out why we are all screwed. Btw, don’t think it’s just minorities who get this treatment. Cops are starting to branch out, now that they see what they can get away with.

    • Why am I Mr. Pink?

      Check out some cop blogs to see what they think of Dirty Liberals.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Well, it’s a good thing that we have one off-white person on the Court.

      • willi0000000

        all the women of the court concurred here.

  • Scooby

    Anyone know the address of this house?

    • ken_kukec

      Be sure to skip the convenience-store stop on the way home …

      • Scooby

        Straight to the Mormon Temple for me!

        • ken_kukec

          Beware the undercover elder!

  • Shibusa
  • Oblios_Cap

    Making America Great Again, one arrest at a time!

  • Oblios_Cap

    And yet the cops have the balls to whine about how they get no respect.

    • Seek

      Laws are for the little people.

  • calliecallie

    Clarence Thomas does nothing all these years and now he pens this decision? Oy.

    • Spotts1701

      Whenever Thomas writes for the majority, and it isn’t a unanimous decision, you can expect it to be dreck.

    • proudgrampa

      Scary, no?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Thomas writes opinions and dissents all the time. They are scary in their extremism, but coherent.

  • Michael Smith

    “Jim, go over there and search that guy, I’ve got a bad feeling about him.”

    “But he hasn’t done anything to justify that, Steve. Won’t we get in trouble? Won’t anything we do find be rendered the ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ because it was based on an illegal search?”

    “Well, Jim, the Supreme Court just said we can use evidence from an illegal search if it turns out the guy did something wrong that we didn’t initially know about.”

    “But what if he didn’t do anything wrong?”

    “Oh come on. He’s black.”

    • willi0000000

      “Oh come on. He’s black. We can always get him for ‘resisting.’

      [ had to ]

  • Parchment Scroll

    I’ve been stopped for being white in the wrong neighborhood before. Absolutely racist profiling. After all, I was in a Hispanic neighborhood, and that’s where the drugs are!

    So yeah, this can happen to you, too, Whitey McWhiterson!

    • Msgr_Moment

      /s
      I was once stopped TWICE within about ten minutes and, wow, the Rochester, NY policeperson was so pissed off the first time because my pale skin was not the right hue to match the suspect, that she made a mental note of my sketchiness and got armed reinforcements with pistols pointed at me when she heard over the radio that there was an armed [white] gunman in the area.
      s

      Trump was right.

      • Parchment Scroll

        To be clear, in case I wasn’t, I was in fact claiming that my stop was racist because of the assumption that Mexicans deal drugs, not “reverse racism”.

        • YoBunnyBunny

          I know what you meant. I live in a predominantly black section of Baltimore, and sometimes I’m a bit concerned that some of my white male friends visiting me might get pegged as being up to no good, lol.

    • ken_kukec

      ” … that’s where the drugs are!

      So, the Willie Sutton theory of criminal justice?

    • proudgrampa

      It happened to my wife once. During a business trip, she made the mistake of taking a walk with a clueless colleague. They got a little (?) lost and ended up in a very bad neighborhood. The cops rolled up and asked, this is not a quote, “Lady, what the fuck are you doing here???”

      Apparently, the neighborhood was so bad, the cops had a hard time getting a cab to take the two out of it. proudgramma expensed a very expensive cab ride on that trip.

  • TeeRaak

    She don’t like fish?

    Fishing Expedition
    Legal grasping at straws; the use of pretrial “investigation discovery” or “witness questioning” in an unfocused attempt to uncover damaging evidence to be used against an adversary.
    https://media4.giphy.com/media/XLsEVMbSyVVw4/200w_d.gif

  • Michael Smith

    Justice Sotomayor, by the way, is a former NYC prosecutor who did that job during the late 1970’s into the 1980’s. Its not like she doesn’t have sympathy for law enforcement. She just also knows well the abuses of which the police are capable if they aren’t held in check by a vigilant court.

  • Mpeg

    This is good news for stalkers, also and too – – who are indeed enabled and unimpeded from pursuing their targets by most provisions of law~

  • marxalot

    Fuck the Second Amendment: where are all these GUBMINT TYRANNY types when they’re hacking away at the Fourth? There’s your goddamned infringement on your fucking Constitutional rights: I can’t think of anything more basic than the right to walk down the fucking street.

    • SmokinGood

      That particular calvary is too busy ranting about how the ACLU is supressing their freeze peach. I wouldn’t wait up on them.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      All you have to do is say the Sovereign Citizen’s magic words ‘No Officer, I was not walking, I was travelling. ‘ Then apparently you can’t be tried in court, and probably get a free unicorn.

    • Bill Slider

      Unless you are black, have a penis and are unarmed. Very sad.

    • SpideySenser

      Walking down the street with an AK-12 is easy-peasy!

    • aureolaborealis

      There is an intersection between the gun nuts and these cases. The Sovereign Citizens in my area used to monitor police radio and show up at arrests heavily armed to, uh, monitor law enforcement officers. Which I guess is at least logically consistent … I mean, if you think your guns are to protect civil liberties and all, it naturally follows. Of course, things eventually went pear-shaped, and the local leader is now doing 27 long, parole-free federal years for buying machine guns and grenades, intimidating law enforcement officers, and plotting to kill federal judges. And yes, even after he repeatedly told the judge that he didn’t recognize the court’s jurisdiction over him.

  • Rock Drummer

    Well, now the cops are gonna have to rewrite their procedures manual……..or do away with it all together. Things just uglier for all of us.

    • Bill Slider

      This is not new, it goes on all the time. When a cop pulls you over while driving, what is the first thing they do? They take your driver’s license and run that number and date of birth through their computer, checking back 20 years, to see if there are outstanding warrants, patterns of practice, or any other reason they can nail you. That’s if you are white. If you are a minority, they immediately call for backup. If you also have a penis, they call for backup and a helicopter. I am white, and I do not make up shit. I don’t need too, because white.

  • memzilla

    I still think this Supreme Court decision reads better in the original German. Can you say “Ausweis, bitte?” I knew you could!

    • Me not sure

      “I’m sorry officer, but the dog pissed on my papers. Would you like to use my pipe?”

  • Spotts1701

    What the hell, Justice Breyer? You signed on to this nonsense? I know your history is to be deferential to law enforcement but COME ON, MAN!

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    I dunno. I’ve passed every background check. Um, that is, I mean, of course I have….

  • WIDTAP

    “Sotomayor took issue not just with how it was an illegal stop of a pedestrian in the first place, but that the officer was looking for a reason to make an arrest.”

    Kinda how I feel whenever a police car is behind me on the highway.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Sonia’s mad about a thing? She should get a job at Wonkette!

    • Msgr_Moment

      Shhhhhh! She’s not one of the ones we want to retire.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        They have breaks. This could work!

  • Bear in mind tonight that as you climb behind the wheel, walk down the street, or cruise on your bicycle, any officer who feels a tingle in his Spidey Sense has a right to stop, search, and investigate you, whether or not you were doing anything wrong.

    And if you happen to be black, he can summarily execute you.

  • JVisconti

    Do library book over due fees count? I’ve watched enough Law&Order and Seinfeld episodes to leave me in doubt.

    • Skadi

      I haven’t gotten out of a car on Mercer Island since 1995, just in case they’re still after me for that book I never returned. I’d have someone else return it, but I don’t want them to take the rap…

      • Dudleydidwrong

        It depends on the book. If it is some librul claptrap then you may be guilty of a hangin’ offense. A Bill O’Really book gets you off and the library has to pay the fine for you.

      • Malaclypse

        I tend to avoid Mercer Island just on principal. I’ve never felt the need to inflict its denizens on myself.

    • SnarkTank

      Second “The Jerk” quote of the day:

      Poor Hobart. Hester took some money out of her savings account, and had to pay a substantial penalty for early withdrawal.

  • MrBlobfish

    We can still buy assault rifles, right?

    • JVisconti

      Only if you have a minute or two.

  • Mavenmaven

    Next, they have license to shoot you first.

    • willi0000000

      only if you’re darker than the fourth color chip in the first column.
      .
      http://www.autobodydepot.com/SEM-VCS-CC_2.jpg
      .
      wait . . . they have that now!

    • James Christopher Owen

      Stand your ground, man. Existing in a state of blackness is an inherent threat.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Ain’t that typical? The guys screw up the homework, cause they din’t do the assigned reading assignment, like the girls did.

  • Dutchman

    Moar wimmins on SCOTUS. Ms. Dutchman is correct that we need a matriarchy.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      If I’ve learned anything from GoT, it’s that the women are much better strategists than the men. Now, if we could get Hillz a few dragons…

      • Dutchman

        Moar dragons! And bacon….because, well, bacon.

        Not GoT knowledgeable but dragons sound like fun.

  • “…..shower with a delousing agent” while you “lift [your] tongue, hold out [your] arms, turn around, and lift [your] genitals.”

    Funny, this is what Ive always done to ward off cops.

    • chicken thief

      I just keep being a middle aged, getting to senior citizen, white guy with “Semper Fi” license plates on my car. It’s worked well so far!

  • Jenny

    USA! USA!

    • Msgr_Moment

      exceptional.

  • PortTaiLand

    “I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
    Sonia effin’ Sotomayor – 2001, Oct 26
    QED MFers!

  • Juan de Fuca

    Buried the lede?

    In a ruling opinion penned by Justice Clarence Thomas

    • revenant

      correction- skimmed and approved and signed, not wrote… aren’t almost all court opinions actually written by the clerks?

  • FauxAntocles

    Wow, Zombie Scalia must be in the house…

  • elviouslyqueer

    I bet Clarence Thomas will be seriously rethinking this the next time he gets pulled over by some racist cracker cop for driving while black.

    • AntiDerpomeme

      I’m having a difficulty with linking the concept of Clarence Thomas and the act of thinking, but I get your point.

      • elviouslyqueer

        Well, I would’ve said “regretting,” but I doubt Clarence has advanced quite that far emotionally.

      • artem1s

        I’m having difficulty believing Clarence doesn’t have a full time driver and leaves running down to the corner store for Cokes up to Ginny.

    • marxalot

      That’s why he’s got a white chauffeur.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        And a stack of “Do you know who I am?” business cards.

  • MrBlobfish

    The real injustice is work just started blocking Wonkette. This will make goofing off more difficult.

    • limberrat

      Shhh, that might give mine ideas!

    • AntiDerpomeme

      What?! This tranny will not stand!

    • arglebargle
    • elviouslyqueer

      Did you point out to them that they are seriously harshing your libety?

    • Oh jeez I’d have to retire!!!

    • TheGrandWaz00

      Clock blocked.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Et tu, Justice Breyer?

    • Look Closer

      I’m so disappointed!

    • Look Closer

      How about RBG? Did she vote for this?

      • Reddishrabbit

        No, she joined in Kagan dissent and agreed to part of Sotomayor dissent

  • Fitzgerald Chesterfield

    Supreme Court Easing Transition To Trump Presidency

  • Look Closer

    I can’t believe Steven Breyer voted for this piece of shit law!

  • limberrat

    Wait, Clarence Thomas WROTE something? I thought he just sat there nodding his head all the live long day. Man, dead Scalia must have really shook him.

    • Manders

      Of course they wanted Thomas to write it.
      “Say, this decision may be infuriating to any groups that suffer a disproportionate amount of stop-and-frisks . . . Here Clar, how ’bout you take this one?”

  • proudgrampa

    What the fuck? And “probable cause” goes down the drain…

  • Msgr_Moment

    Hmmm….. She seems pretty pissed off. Has anybody checked whether this uppity woman has any outstanding warrants?

  • Bill Slider

    Messicans, Blacks and Muslims take note. This SCOTUS Lady Judge has your back, and Democracy’s as well. If the Democrats still refuse to charge Bush and Chaney with war crimes, can we at least impeach Justice Clearance Thomas for believing the police fishing expeditions are a good thing?

  • anwisok

    ACHTUNG! Ve vish to zee your papers.

  • marxalot

    Papers, please.

    • Msgr_Moment

      Sorry, man. I vape.

  • Look Closer

    After looking at Supreme Court argument calendar, it appears they won’t be ruling on DAPA and DACA until October. How convenient.

  • limberrat

    Maybe it’s just me, but I could see the three lady justices making an epic rap album. Any naming ideas for Kagan or Sotomayor since we already have Notorious RBG?

    • zerosumgame0005

      Kan of Whoop-Ass for Kagan and Sonia “Sledgehammer” Sotamayor?

  • chicken thief

    Comment deleted because I think I figured it out myself…..

    • Manders

      She’s talking about this decision, not precedent. That’s my understanding, anyway.

      • chicken thief

        That’s what dawned on me after writing the post.

    • anwisok

      That is what she’s dissenting about. She is saying the decision is flawed because it allows that.

    • Astraea

      You’re right, that quote leaves out her citations to the cases that allow those. This case is differentiated by the fact that it is allowing all of those actions to be taken after a suspicionless stop. That quote is part of her explanation of all the consequences of being stopped in the first place, that it can quickly become a very humiliating experience, and that while it disproportionately affects minorities it can happen to anyone. And now the court says it’s okay for the cops to literally stop you at will.

      “By legitimizing the conduct that produces this double consciousness, this case tells everyone, white and black,guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time. It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged.”

  • Look Closer

    Did the notorious RBG vote for this piece of crap?

    • Jenny

      She wrote her own dissent and partially joined Sotomayor.

    • Astraea

      All of the ladies of the Court dissented

    • anwisok

      No. Full opinion available here.

      THOMAS, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS,
      C. J., and KENNEDY, BREYER, and ALITO, JJ., joined. SOTOMAYOR, J.,
      filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, J., joined as to Parts I,
      II, and III. KAGAN, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, J.,
      joined. </blockquote

      • Look Closer

        Thanks!

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Yeah, these is one of those areas where Breyer kinda sucks, actually.

  • Msmlg1979

    So…what you’re wearing, your ethnicity, and the appropriateness of your “behavior”, as determined by a perfect stranger, are now reasons to harass people as they go about their lives, AND prevent you from receiving justice as a victim of sexual assault? America gets more exceptional with each passing day

  • FlownOver

    I went out of my way to pay a parking ticket just after this opinion came out.

    Then I realized I’m never in possession of anything interesting they’d find in a search. Where, oh, where did my life go so wrong?

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Never mind, they’ll find something if they need to.

      • zerosumgame0005

        or “find” something

        • Villago Delenda Est

          And this is precisely the problem with this ruling.

  • Jenny

    This is just more chum in the water.

  • Sardonicuss

    Cops in the state of Oklahoma, can now immediately seize money from any debit bank, or pre-paid debit cards, (using a card reader) without convicting you of any crime. Their propensity to “civil forfeiture” the shit of any cash you may have on you, (as they did to $50,000 being carried by the manager of christian rock band (an unfortunately Asian gentleman) has now been augmented to include your bank accounts.
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2016/06/09/3786458/oklahoma-cards-asset-forfeiture/

    • Well, that’s fucking ridiculous.

    • clubseal

      And civil forfeiture, until there is a huge stink raised about it*, isn’t going anywhere, because it’s augmenting police coffers at a crazy rate.

      *Hahaha, good one. It almost never happens to people in power.

      • Sardonicuss

        “Get robbed by hicks..on Route 66!”

    • Objectifer

      So in addition to the gun, handcuffs, baton, taser and body cameras the po-po has to lug around, now they have to have an amazon square too?

  • Juan de Fuca

    *Short rant alert*
    Keep in mind this person is the justice that some RWNJ’s love to attack the most. The justice who adheres to a strict interpretation of the Constitution as it relates most to personal liberty. Not the liberty to own an M1-A1 tank or even an M-60 machine gun – the liberty to be free of unreasonable search and seizures by the government.

    This is their target – this justice. FFS.
    /end rant

  • Msmlg1979

    Leave your Grateful Dead Tshirts at home!

    • Juan de Fuca

      O/T
      Are the ASU college kids still driving around Boone with those dancing bear stickers on their back windows? Still a thing?

      • Msmlg1979

        I’m sad to say there are fewer and fewer. It’s all pastel Polo shirts with popped collars, high-end SUVs, and man-bun sporting hipsters these days. I miss the laid-back hippie vibe and unfailing friendliness from back in the day. We are more diverse now, though, which is good!

        • Juan de Fuca

          Thanks Obama Beech Mountain!

          • Msmlg1979

            Thanks, football!

          • Juan de Fuca

            Umm…I played football in that town! lol
            And you’re right ;)

          • Msmlg1979

            Yesssssss!! Jefferson, NC representing!

        • clubseal

          Man buns and popped collars are God’s way of saying he/she hates us.

  • AnOuthouse

    If all else fails, they can always arrest you for resisting arrest.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Even if you’re in a coma, probably.

      • Blank Ron

        And if you’re not I am sure comas can be arranged.

        • Courser

          As well as at least a little spontaneous electro-convulsive therapy.

    • James Christopher Owen

      “Failure to cooperate”

  • Tansy Geek

    And of course, no law enforcement person has EVER placed evidence of wrong doing on another person, after they pulled them over.

  • Annie Towne

    1) I didn’t know Clarence Thomas could write.

    2) What the fuck?

    • Snarky

      Right?????? Who knew asshole McDumbfuck could even write opinions? I’m suspicious that perhaps it was one of his moar better law clerks.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        Dirty little SCOTUS secret, some of the Justices do farm out even the opinion writing to their clerks.

        • Paul

          Clerks write all the opinions. The justice only informs them of the “holding” desired and they fill in the blanks and connect the dots.

          It ain’t pretty.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            Yeah, I was soft pedaling it so’s not to cast aspersions on the Supremes we do like, but yep. They all do it, and then review and make some edits, which is why you can still distinguish their individual voices.

    • Justice Thomas apparently subscribes to the old philosophy of speaking softly, and be a huge dick.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      He can write okay, talking not so much. He apparently shot most of his wad during his confirmation hearings (sorry, high tech lynching) all those years ago.

  • rick

    So the men Justys voted in favor; the women Justys voted against. We need more Liberal woman on the bench. Hear that Hillz?!? Plus you owe us Bernie Bros an ultra, ultra-Lefty on the court – just sayin’…

    • Look Closer

      I wouldn’t mind her nominating President Obama.

      • rick

        That would blow a few conservtard minds for sure. How about Michelle Obama – Michelle would be a two-fer: An ultra-liebrul AND an Obama!

        • Look Closer

          I wouldn’t mind that either!

        • Peggy’s Pizza House

          Don’t forget she also has a vag!

      • Marion in Savannah

        That has been one of my fondest, fondest dreams.

      • Yeah but he’s said repeatedly he doesn’t want it.

    • Erik Lonnrot

      They can’t finish that RBG clone soon enough.

  • The police should stop and frisk Clarence Thomas regularly. Dude is black (probable cause) and always sounds stoned.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    ‘Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.’

    Good old Franz Kafka.

  • SpideySenser

    “any officer who feels a tingle in his Spidey Sense has a right to stop, search, and investigate you”.
    While I do enjoy my tingles, if this should happen to you I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

  • Rick Hill

    Fun information: Never give permission to search your vehicle. NOTHING can be contested if you give permission, even if you just had your best buddy in your car and he hid a roach.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Do they still need permission? I thought that was a “Sovereign Citizen” myth?

      • Rick Hill

        Not like they can’t if they really want to but if they ask and you give it to them, after that anything they find is incontestable. Applies to your home or your tech, too.

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Pretty sure they still do. Obvs, if you refuse, they are then legally obligated to haul you out of the car and kick the shit out of you until you agree with the clammy hands of the law.

      • Sakonyachen

        Depends on wether they have the right judge now. Apparently the fourth amendment means search and seizure is only illegal when they don’t find a reason after the fact.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    This will just empower the Trumpstapo secret police once that rancid pumpkin with the dead chipmunk strapped to its lid gets into office….nothing to fear*

    *Void if you’re Mexican, Muslim, Black, Asian, a woman, LGBT, poor, or if you lack sufficient patriotic flair on your vehicle. Then you’re going to get pulled over.

  • theblackdog

    I first read this as “Sonia Sotomayor Passed, Y’all” and nearly had a heart attack.

    • … as a man? To visit the boy’s changing rooms? Oh boy oh boy.

      • theblackdog

        LOL! Didn’t consider that angle. I was thinking passed away.

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    I’m just wondering….when is that skin bleach going to show up for Clarence Thomas? Dude’s had it on order for 40 years now and he’s tired of being called an Uncle Tom just because he seems to be even more racist against black people than most white guys are…

    • jmk

      Be careful… according to him, noticing that he’s black while you were on the interwebz is a high-tech lynching.

  • Bad Granny

    Everybody knows all the inalienable rights are covered by the second amendment.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Briefly scanned Thomas’ decision. I ain’t no lawyer, but it seems to bear the hallmarks of ‘conservative’ judiciary opinion: 1) A reliance on abstract principles over real-world behavior and outcomes. 2) An assumption of good faith and intentions by all relevant authority figures.

    They say that liberals are the ones who live in a fantasy world. These people are so good at projecting they should work in movie theaters full-time.

    • beatbort

      “Real-world behavior”? Why would any true conservative want to waste their beautiful mind on that?

    • clubseal

      It’s all part of the contradicting viewpoint merry go round that so many “conservatives” seem to have.

      “The Constitution protects me from the gubmint!” becomes “Submit to authority!” when it involves a minority, then back to the original when it applies to them, so on, so forth, we all start feeling sick.

    • The ends justify the means, is what the court ruled. Sure, it was an illegal search and seizure, but when you’re pretty sure they’re a criminal doing crime, but you can’t technically prove at the moment, you can harass and detain innocent people just to be sure your unlawful detention/arrest is, in fact, lawful.

  • beatbort

    I’m surprised Clarence Thomas would support this. After all, he has been known to place incriminating pubic hairs on Coca Cola cans in the past. You don’t do that sort of thing….just once.

    • Iam Reading

      And…..black. you would think self preservation would jump start that broke brain

      • James Christopher Owen

        He’s got his. Hell with everybody else.

  • Paganish

    According to SCOTUS, the ends now officially justify the means. /sigh

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Why is it that “Certain restrictions may apply” can be added to the Fourth and the First amendments, but never to the Second?

    • Iam Reading

      Freedumb?

    • jmk

      It has “sanctity,” according to FauxFriend Gretchen.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        How interesting that it suddenly acquired “sanctity” after Wayne LaPierre took over the NRA, when it didn’t have it before then.

    • Swampgas_Man

      No, no– the courts have allowed cities to make some small laws to control handguns and gun-traffic.

      On the fucking FEDERAL level, however. . . .!

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Yes, you’re right on both counts, but the Supreme Court and Congress are federal, and that’s what I meant.

  • guppy06

    Interestingly, this has the three Uterine American Justices agreeing with the Utah Supreme Court, which means that SCOTUS is now to the right of Utah.

  • Mike Janowski

    Wait, wait…CLARENCE THOMAS wrote the majority opinion?

    Who da fuck woke him up?

    • rick

      Probably scribed it off an old 1930s German court opinion.

    • Randy Riddle

      No wonder he wants to retire – working is hard.

      • jmk

        Yep… he did work once, and now he’s tired. How much is that pension?

    • Scalia’s spirit has a new host.

    • Damian L

      It was Scalia that said police roadblocks demanding your papers for no reason is A-Okay.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Fruit of the poisoned tree no longer a problem!

  • aureolaborealis

    bag of meth … mellow vibe.

    Aren’t these mutually exclusive?

  • Swampgas_Man

    Clarence Thomas can’t quit soon enough.

  • alnnc

    You should really read the majority opinion. It’s not really long, but they manage to come out and state that the initial stop was improper, then pull some legal mumbo jumbo, or jiggery pokery to find that the fact the cop found an outstanding warrant separated the illegal stop from the search. Therefore, the stop did not directly lead to the search and the search is permissible. What surprises me is that Breyer signed on to that. Maybe Scalia is not dead, he’s just inhabiting someone else’s body.

  • phoenix00

    Great, now can Satomayor do something about those Civil Forfeitures?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

  • Tina in Spokane WA

    Hmmm, just today I was broke down on the side of the road and had left my phone at home. Luckily, state patrol found me, very helpfully offered to calll AAA for me. Never asked for my license or the registration for my sports car (dark blue, not red, I’m not an idiot). He was very polite and genial. Could it be because I’m a 57 year old, middle class, white lady? Cops are always nice and helpful to me. That is called White Privilege. I can only imagine what a black, 20 something, in that car, would have experienced. Possibly the same experience, but this is an area with about 2% black population and a history of racism (just across the state line from Hayden Idaho).

  • Pookabun

    As is generally the case, the women on the Supreme Court take the right side. Apparently Kagan also wrote a dissent and Ginsberg joined them both. Those SCOTUS dudes, man. Not good.

  • gingerland62

    This decision is not even being discussed by the liberal media. But the Trump speech was “breaking news”. America is so screwed.

  • redarmyzombie

    You know, I hear Canada is lovely this time of year…

  • Sakonyachen

    And when the people stop respecting the law, and law enforcement, these same dumbfucks will wonder where it started.

  • Sakonyachen

    Goebbels has made his way into the SCOTUS apparently. I have no sense of humor left.

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