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Morning Poll: Are Cross-Gender Jail Pat-Downs Unconstitutional?

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office experienced another newspaper to the nose yesterday when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case where a lower court ruled against it in a lawsuit regarding cross-gender jail pat-downs.

For many heterosexual, male inmates, a female detention officer grabbing their junk might be slightly less uncomfortable than allowing a male guard do it. It might, in some cases, be the highlight of his day.

However, it wasn't for former MCSO inmate Charles Byrd. He claims a 2004, somewhat-nude strip search -- during which a female MCSO detention officer cadet grabbed his butt and penis -- violated his Fourth Amendment right to protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6-5 in favor of Byrd in the case -- but only after a jury in a lower court determined Byrd's rights had not been violated.

See out story here.

We want to know what you think: Are cross-gender jail pat-downs unconstitutional?

Cast your vote below. 

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