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  • n. An act of patting somebody's clothes to check for concealed weapons, etc.


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  • Bill Powell, 48, who has been coming to Jets games for 16 years, noticed the uptick in security, calling his patdown "more thorough," but necessary under the circumstances.

    NY Daily News

  • In one variant of this story, the handshake evolved from an elbow-to-wrist "patdown" to check for hidden knives; in another, the shaking motion was supposed to dislodge any sharp objects that may have been kept in the sleeve.

    Interesting Thing of the Day

  • The patdown in question occurred at the Corpus Christi airport in May 2008.

    Justice For Woman Who Sued TSA Over Patdown?

  • Lynsie Murley, a 24-year old woman from Amarillo, Texas has won a lawsuit she filed in 2010 against the TSA over what she claims was an extremely embarrassing patdown, according to MSNBC.

    Justice For Woman Who Sued TSA Over Patdown?

  • Murley sued the TSA for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress after she was forced to expose her breasts during a patdown.

    Justice For Woman Who Sued TSA Over Patdown?

  • On the other hand, the decision provides unscrupulous arresting officers with the unfettered opportunity to conduct intrusive, invasive and arguably humiliating patdown searches on a whim — all under the guise of officer safety.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • To justify a patdown of the driver or a passenger during a traffic stop, however, just as in the case of a pedestrian reasonably suspected of criminal activity, the police must harbor reasonable suspicion that the person subjected to the frisk is armed and dangerous.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • She asked him to step out of the car and, while conducting a patdown for the purposes of officer safety, located a gun.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • In a unanimous decision written by Justice Ginsburg, the court likened the lawful traffic stop to a Terry stop (Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)), concluding passengers are subject to patdown frisks when an officer has a reasonable belief that the person poses a threat to the officer:

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:

  • Accordingly, since officer safety is a legitimate consideration throughout the duration of a stop, the patdown did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

    Sui Generis--a New York law blog:


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