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A Supreme Court that still believes in protecting the individual from potentially abusive government intrusion

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Judges cannot issue probation orders requiring people to provide blood or urine samples to check if they are obeying conditions to abstain from drugs or alcohol, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday.
In dismissing a Crown appeal of a B.C. Court of Appeal decision, the country’s top court ruled that probation orders compelling people to provide bodily samples were contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.[…]
“Compelling blood tests, absent a statutory framework governing such tests, is not consistent with the charter and random drug testing at a probation officer’s discretion could become highly arbitrary,” the court said.

I used to think that the U.S. Supreme Court believed in such concepts as well.

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