The Supreme Court refused yesterday to condone a jail policy authorizing body cavity searches of all people arrested and booked.
The court, without comment, let stand a ruling that such a policy at the Monroe County, N.Y., jail violated privacy rights.
In other rulings, the court:Allowed government officials to hold a planeload of more than $7 million in cash, jewelry and other valuables seized from former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos when he fled to Hawaii last year.
Without comment the court let stand a ruling in Azurin v. Von Raab that the Customs Service may impound the goods because of a dispute over ownership between Marcos and the administration of Philippine President Corazon Aquino.Revised an 11-year-old ruling and gave prosecutors some leeway to comment at criminal trials on the fact that the defendant invoked his right to remain silent when arrested.
The court, by a 6-to-3 vote, reinstated the murder conviction and 80-year prison sentence in Illinois of Charles Miller in Greer vs. Miller. Let stand a ruling that a state may tax liquor and wine imported from other states while exempting alcoholic beverages produced within the state.
The justices, citing the lack of a "properly presented federal question," rejected arguments by a liquor distributor that Georgia's taxes interfere unduly with commerce and violate the Constitution's equal-protection guarantees. The case is Heublein v. Georgia. Postponed a decision on whether the government may strip U.S. citizenship from a New Jersey man accused of helping Nazis kill more than 2,000 Jews in Lithuania in 1941.
The court said it will rehear arguments in the case of Juozas Kungys, 71, when the justices return from their summer recess on the first Monday in October. The case is Kungys v. United States. Ruled that probation officers do not need a warrant to search homes of people on criminal probation.
In a 5-to-4 decision, the court upheld a Wisconsin regulation that gave officials sweeping power to search the homes of probationers in order to keep close tabs on them. The case is Griffin v. Wisconsin.