Jamie Satterfield reports:
When it came to the extraordinary move to paralyze an Anderson County man to search his body for drugs, this doctor didn’t hesitate.
“That exam was going to occur with or without his consent,” Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge Dr. Michael LaPaglia testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Now, Felix Booker’s defense attorney is hoping a jury hearing about the most controversial warrantless body cavity search in local law enforcement history will do what a federal judge would not – toss out a charge the 21-year-old Booker intended to sell the 5.7 grams of crack hidden in his rectum.
Neither the officers nor the doctor dispute that Booker was showing no signs of medical distress that would have justified an emergency body cavity search without a search warrant or court order. Defense attorney Bob Jolley has tried and failed to convince Senior U.S. Judge Leon Jordan that the search was a “shocking” violation of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee against unreasonable searches.
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