Thursday, November 7, 2013

Chicago Criminal Attorney Wonders If the Public Believes the Accused Have No Rights to Privacy

This Chicago criminal defense attorney remains stunned by the number of people who earnestly seem to believe that if you have nothing to hide then you don't need to worry about encounters with the government. Although in light of the realization that the Patriot Act is working and through it the NSA combs routinely, and regularly, through folks' communications may have shifted the opinion of many in the " if you've got nothing to hide you don't need to worry camp".

Still, the ability of many to just throw away their rights is shocking to me.  Fortunately, perhaps, albeit too late, there is a renewed interest in the citizen's desire for privacy from intrusions from the government.  Thankfully, the government sometimes crosses the line leaving us all shocked and dismayed that you can be searched for anything, anywhere, any how, and any time, even numerous times, to satisfy the government.

November 6, 2013, Deming, NM

As KOB-TV reports, police stopped David Eckert on Jan. 2 after he failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign outside a Walmart parking lot in Deming, N.M. Things began to go wrong when the authorities asked him to exit his vehicle.
“They say when he stepped out of his car he was standing in a manner that looked as if he was clinching his buttocks,” Shannon Kennedy, Eckert’s attorney, told KOB-TV, according to CBS Las Vegas.
This led police to believe Eckert was hiding drugs in his anal cavity. After obtaining a search warrant from a judge allowing for an anal cavity search, cops took Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the search, calling it “unethical,” KOB said.
Eventually, police moved Eckert to Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, where doctors agreed to perform the anal cavity search. According to the lawsuit and Eckert’s medical records, which were released to KOB, Eckert’s abdominal area was X-rayed twice, doctors performed a colonoscopy on him, an enema was inserted anally three separate times and doctors examined his anus twice with their fingers.
No drugs were ever found and Eckert never gave his consent for doctors to perform the procedures.

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