Mark Joseph Stern reports:
As the Supreme Court recently reminded us, “the Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach”—including strip clubs, which, like most private property, are protected by the Constitution from “unreasonable searches.” Earlier this month a federal judge allowed a lawsuit against the San Diego police to move forward after several officers searched a club, Cheetahs, for several hours on two occasions without a warrant. (Cheetahs calls this a “raid.”) The police department had asked the judge to toss out the lawsuit, but he refused, ruling that Cheetahs had plausibly argued that officers violated the Fourth and 14th amendments by extensively searching the club—including, allegedly, the dressing rooms and private offices—with no prior judicial approval. (The Fourth Amendment bars unreasonable searches; the 14th applies that rule to the states.)
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