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Invoking Racial Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court

A Sotomayor dissent deplores stop-and-search police tactics that create "second-class citizens."

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that if the police stop you illegally but then find out that there’s a traffic warrant out for you, they can search you and charge you with a crime if you're carrying something illegal. The 5-to-3 decision can be read as an implicit vindication of controversial stop-and search policies.

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