Brief filed: 01/31/2011
Camreta v. Greene
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 09-1454 & 09-1478
On the belief that she had been molested by her father, S.G., a nine-year-old girl was forcibly removed from her classroom and interrogated alone for two hours by a state human services investigator and a visibly-armed deputy sheriff. Brief urges affirmance of the court of appeals, which held that S.G.’s seizure and prolonged detention violated the child’s and mother’s Fourth Amendment rights. Of note is a historical argument noting that children in the 18th and 19th Centuries could not summarily be taken from their parents by government officials and that 20th Century solutions to the problem of child abuse have not created an exception to the warrant requirement when seizing children.
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