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News :: DNC : Human Rights
NLG Files Lawsuit against MBTA search policy
23 Jul 2004
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The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) will be filing suit on Monday, July 26, 2004, together with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and members of the American Friends Service Committee to enjoin the MBTA bag search policy. The challenge will be based on the fact that the policy violates the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution by permitting searches of private possessions without any particular information that the person searched is suspected of criminal activity.
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD
Massachusetts Chapter, Inc.

14 Beacon St., Suite 407, Boston, MA 02108
tel. 617-227-7335 * fax: 617-227-5495 * nglmass (at) igc.org


PRESS RELEASE


Contact:
Michael Avery, NLG President, 617-335-5023
Urszula Masny-Latos, Director, NLG Massachusetts Chapter, 617-227-7335



NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD FILES LAWSUIT TO CHALLENGE
MBTA SEARCH POLICY


Boston, June 25, 2004 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) will be filing suit on Monday, July 26, 2004, together with the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and members of the American Friends Service Committee to enjoin the MBTA bag search policy.

The challenge will be based on the fact that the policy violates the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution by permitting searches of private possessions without any particular information that the person searched is suspected of criminal activity. The MBTA policy provides for routine searches of bags and packages, including physical and visual inspection of people's possessions in addition to electronic inspections and dog sniffs.

NLG national president Michael Avery said, "There is no way the MBTA can implement this policy in a constitutional manner. This is an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy on a daily basis for "T" riders. There is simply no justification for creating security checkpoints that become part of the fabric of American society."

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