Sunday, April 01, 2007

Profiling of Autos Carrying Bibles OK'd

Apparently it is common practice for illegal drug couriers to carry a Bible on their vehicle dashboard to avoid suspicion. In Frazier v. Lutter, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22277 (D NE, March 27, 2007), a Nebraska federal district court rejected a claim based on police targeting of a vehicle in part because of a Bible on its dash. A convicted drug defendant argued that the targeting violated his First Amendment rights. The court said that the drug courier was no more punished for carrying a Bible than he was for driving a vehicle.