Federal judge rules random NYC subway searches constitutional

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard M. Berman ruled Friday that random police searches of bags on the New York City subway system are a minimal invasion of privacy and do not violate the Constitution. The decision comes in a lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union challenging the random searches as unreasonable searches and seizures. Berman ruled that the government has a vitally important interest in preventing a terrorist bombing of the subway system, the risk of which is "real and substantial." From New York, WABC-TV has more.

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