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Seven Amicus Brief Filed Supporting SCOTUS Cert Petition on Preschool Strip Search Case—Including Cross-Ideological Groups Brief for 14 Organizations, Such as the NAACP, ACLU, ADF, and IJ

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2019 – On March 15, 2019, Baker Botts announced that the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice and Telios Law PLLC filed a U.S. Supreme Court certiorari petition concerning the strip search of a 4-year-old girl at preschool, asking the Court to reconsider qualified-immunity precedents.

Yesterday, the growing concern over this heart wrenching case has taken flight, as seven friend of the Court (“amicus curiae”) briefs were filed supporting the Firm’s cert petition in this case. Importantly, one of those briefs was filed for a group of 14 organizations from across the political spectrum—including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), and The Institute for Justice (IJ), for example. Amicus briefs were also filed by the Cato Institute, the Home School Legal Defense Associate and Parental Rights Foundation, the First Lady Liberty Institute, the Gun Owners Foundation, the Pacific Justice Institute, and Law Scholars.

For background: The strip search case involves a four-year-old girl suspected wrongly of being physically abused. While the girl was at preschool, her clothes were removed, and her intimate areas were searched and photographed by a county caseworker. The caseworker did not receive permission from the child’s parent, she did not have a warrant for this search, and she did not first do a narrower search that would have shown the abuse allegations were completely unfounded. The caseworker then lied to the girl’s mother about the strip search for weeks.

For more information on this case or to schedule an interview with the lawyers, please contact Sheena Cochran (Sheena.Cochran@bakerbotts.com).

 

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