Student Search by Darren Chaker

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Student searches at school occur frequently. Several cases noted by Darren Chaker demonstrate the wide latitude students may be searched by government without a warrant. Among the most common issues, include random testing of student athletes (Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton (1995) 515 U.S. 646 [132 L.Ed.2nd 564] and those involved in extracurricular activities. (Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls (2002) 536 U.S. 822 [153 L.Ed.2nd 735].)

Addressing the final prong of the Vernonia analysis, it is not enough that the government merely articulate a real and immediate interest: the proposed scheme must also effectively further that proffered interest. Vernonia, 515 U.S. at 660; see also Edmond, 531 U.S. at 42-43 (overturning a road block for lack of a “close connection” between the group searched and the government’s concern); Chandler, 520 U.S. at 314 (noting the “documented link” in precedents between the tested group and the safety concern at issue); “Recent Cases,” 112 Harv.L.Rev. 713, 716 (1999)(noting that suspicionless drug testing is reasonable under Supreme Court precedent “only to the extent that there is a recognizable correlation between the targeted group and the problem to be addressed”). The Policy here is not responsive to any identified problem of drug use or safety, least of all in the group actually being tested. See Edmond, 531 U.S. at 42 (striking down generalized seizure despite truism that “traffic in illegal narcotics creates social harms of the first magnitude”). A proper governmental drug testing program must focus with some precision on the group for which specific evidence indicates a particularized need. Further, both the need and the efficacy for drug testing athletes in Vernonia grew from the fact that many students mimic the drug-taking behavior of athletes. See Vernonia, 515 U.S. at 663.

Suspicionless drug testing of teachers and administrators is upheld because of the unique role that teachers play in the lives of school children,  the in loco parentis obligations imposed upon them, and the fact that by statute (in Tennessee), teachers were charged with securing order such that they were “on the ‘frontline’ of school seScool curity, including drug interdiction.” (Knox County Educ. Ass’n v. Knox County Bd. Of Educ. (6th Cir. 1998) 158 F.3rd 361, 375.)

It also not ucommon to see random metal detector searches of students, without any individualized suspicion, to help in keeping weapons off campuses. (In re Latasha W. (1998) 60 Cal.App.4th 1524.) Last, search of a student’s computer based upon information that the graduate student was “hacking into” the school’s e-mail server and had the capability of “threaten(ing) the integrity of campus computer or communication systems.” (United States v. Heckenkamp (9th Cir. 2007) 482 F.3rd 1142.) was also upheld.

School searches are common places and are needed on a case to cases basis given the proper substantiating factors are present.

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Greetings - I am Darren Chaker. I litigated a cutting edge First Amendment case for 7 of its 10 year lifespan. Chaker v. Crogan, 428 F.3d 1215 C.A.9 (Cal.),2005, Cert. denied, 547 U.S. 1128, 126 S.Ct. 2023, invalidated a statute on First Amendment grounds and overruled the California Supreme Court‘s unanimous decision in People v. Stanistreet, 127 Cal.Rptr.2d 633. Soon after Chaker v. Crogan, it was also used to strike down Nevada's analogous statute forcing the legislature to rewrite the law and used as the backbone authority in Gibson v. City of Kirkland, 2009 WL 564703, *2+ (W.D.Wash. Mar 03, 2009). My case is a leading case on viewpoint discrimination. In a recent case, Chaker v. Crogan was used to vindicate people who filed a complaint against police. Those people were arrested and charged with a law Chaker v. Crogan invalidated! They sued for being arrested and charged with an unconstitutional statute, Penal Code 148.6. The federal court denied the City's motion to dismiss and the case settled. See Cuadra v. City of South San Francisco, 2010 WL 55875, *1+ (N.D.Cal. Jan 04, 2010) I love the fight and made cutting edge case law in the end. No doubt without the support of the ACLU (Ramona Ripston, Mark Rosenbaum, Peter Eliasberg, & Dan Tokaji) winning on appeal, and Joshua Rosenkranz assembling a small army of the best attorneys to defeat the California Attorney General's efforts to have the U.S. Supreme Court reverse the Ninth Circuit---this case would not have had a backbone to stand on. The case has been cited over 196 times as authority, and written about extensively. * Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation s 2:28, Denial of First Amendment rights (2009) * Smolla & Nimmer on Freedom of Speech s 3:11, Viewpoint discrimination--Cross-burning reprised: Commonwealth of Virginia v. Black--Heavy presumption against viewpoint discrimination (2010) * Smolla & Nimmer on Freedom of Speech s 10:22.50, Brandenburg v. Ohio: Intent and imminence standard--Bond and Watts decisions--"True threats" (2010) * CHAKER V. CROGAN, 5 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y & Ethics J. 425, 444+ (2007) My case is active, living and breathing—forever helping people who once felt oppressed.

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