Update 4/24/2012: The winner has been announced! See the post at onthewilderside: here.
Five men of the court were quite rude,
Giving rights to police very lewd.
Well fair’s fair, I dare say.
I’ve decided this way:
We should make them hold court in the nude.
Americans should be outraged by the April 2, 2012 decision of the Supreme Court to allow police to strip search anyone sent to jail — no matter how small the offense, and without suspicion of contraband. Their decision means that some people stopped merely for traffic offenses will be strip searched. The ACLU comments on the matter are: here. There is a good story about this at Time (posted on Yahoo News) 4/6/2012: Strip Searches: The Supreme Court’s Disturbing Decision.
Onthewilderside looks forward to a lot of creative ways for people to protest this decision, and work to overturn it. As for us, we are holding a Limerick Contest. Please post in the comments. The winner’s limerick will be a featured post-of-the-day on our blog, and a semi-permanent fixture in our poetry section. [Contest deadline: Please post in our comment section by Saturday, April 7, 2012]
around the law the court did dance
they decided you have no chance
if jaywalking art thou
then you must drop trou
so lets have justice without pants
How the Supreme Court voted:
Voted FOR giving jails more rights to strip search people:
Chief Justice John Roberts
Justice Anthony Kennedy
Justice Samuel Alito, Jr.
Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Clarence Thomas
Voted AGAINST. (Note: All three women of the court voted in the way that would have protected people’s privacy):
Justice Stephen Breyer
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Elena Kagan
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