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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Montgomery County Sheriff Should Resign

Since the year 2000, it has been the policy of Sheriff Amato to strip search everyone who he arrests even if for a traffic infraction. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to realize that such a policy would put the county in jeopardy. A federal appeals court just upheld a lower court ruling that barred deputies from strip searching unless there was a good cause for doing so. A class action lawsuit against the county affects 2500 people and the county may likely have to pay out a lot of money before this is all over. Such a fiasco would never have occured under Sheriff Emery. The Board of Supervisors should request Amato's resignation for such an egregious and stupid violation of civil rights. If nothing else, this fiasco reveals Amato's lack of judgement.

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