FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES FOURTH AMENDMENT ‘HUMAN BILLBOARD’ LAWSUIT AGAINST TSA

September 14, 2011 @

Some of you may remember last December when a young man stripped down in the airport with the Fourth Amendment written across his chest and was detained by the TSA for 90 minutes.

That ‘human billboard’ for the 4th Amendment, Aaron Tobey, filed a federal lawsuit against the TSA and federal officials to include DHS Chief Janet Napolitano and TSA head John Pistole for, among other things, violating his First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Unfortunately, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia has just tossed out almost all of the case. The judge dismissed the passenger’s claims against the Capital Region Airport Commission, a few Richmond airport police officers, Napolitano, and Pistole.

At the core of the judge‘s decision was the lack of senior officials’ proximity to the events. Basically, you can’t blame Napolitano for what a couple of underlings did at one airport in the U.S. As the judge wrote in his decision:

“Plaintiff does not allege that [Napolitano and Pistole] were directly involved in any way in the events, nor does he allege any facts suggestive of deliberate indifference.”

The judge also decided that the TSA guidelines alone could not constitute a rights violation, which absolved those same senior officials from any liability in their creation or implementation.

Read More at The Blaze By Buck Sexton, The Blaze

3 Comments → “FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES FOURTH AMENDMENT ‘HUMAN BILLBOARD’ LAWSUIT AGAINST TSA”


  1. Dwight Mann

    7 years ago

    This is why we need term limits and elections for our judges. They are entrenched way to far up our rear ends to be comfortable. Time to extract life time judges and let them answer to the people like every other politician. Tehy are political are they not?


  2. Dwight Mann

    7 years ago

    You moderate comments? What kind of first amendment consideration is that? Last time I come to this site, and I will remember to tell everyone I know the same thing. . .


  3. Dwight Mann

    7 years ago

    Just delete all my comments as I am deleting you from my PC


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