Archive for March 23rd, 2009

According to Tricia Bishop of the Baltimore Sun, a U.S. District Court Judge has certified a class of people who allegedly have been subject to being detained and strip-searched by officials in Baltimore’s Central Booking and Intake Center.  Bishop quotes the attorney for the class, William Claiborne, as saying that the decision means “everything” to arrestees because of the difficulties facing any given individual in convincing a jury that he or she is telling the truth about the allegedly unconstitutional strip searches: 

It’s difficult for an individual to persuade a jury that he’s telling the truth, [but] when you have 50 or 60 or 100,000 people coming in, it changes the balance, it really changes the balance of power.  It’s like having a union.

In other words, more than just giving the powerless the financial resources to take on powerful government interests, pursuing civil rights relief as a class action may also serve to bolster the credibility of the witnesses whose testimony is necessary to prove the underlying claims.

See the link below for the Baltimore Sun article:


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