In New Mexico, Forced Government Anal Probes are Way Better than Having Even One Person Smoke A Joint
Or so I am led to believe by the fine folks in Deming, New Mexico, who forced a man to undergo two forced X-rays, two anal probes, three enemas, and a colonoscopy under anesthesia because they worried that he might be hiding a smidge of illegal narcotics in his nether regions. Oh, and they made him pay the hospital bills for these procedures as well, sort of like billing someone's estate for the electricity used to execute them in the electric chair.
Update: Orin Kerr has a legal anal-ysis of the case (sorry, couldn't resist). His conclusion seems to be that the victim may be sh*t out of luck (sorry again) in seeking compensation. From reading it, he may even be stuck with the medical bills. I have come to expect cops to display this kind of excessive behavior. What is particularly disappointing is to see a doctor so eagerly cooperate and even, apparently, take the lead in escalating the intrusiveness of the search. It is depressing that Kerr believes the doctor may well enjoy qualified immunity for his actions. Thousands of doctors every day are successfully sued for malpractice over honest mistakes and differences in judgement, but this guy is going to walk?