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Appeals Court Strikes Down Body Cavity Search

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down an invasive body cavity search that was central to the conviction of a drug suspect in Anderson County.

Judges for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Monday called the medically induced paralysis under which Felix Booker was searched a "shock to the conscience."

The Knoxville News Sentinel noted that, with two sheriff's deputies looking on, a doctor at Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center probed Booker's rectum to find a bag containing crack cocaine.

A divided court panel ruled Dr. Michael LaPaglia acted as an extension of the state and the act violated protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

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