Handcuffs not considered ‘threat’ by court

Attorneys representing Arizona parents who “voluntarily” allowed their home to be searched by authorities after social workers used an anonymous tip to threaten to handcuff them and seize their five children, and then summoned deputies to do that, have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on the controversy.

The Home School Legal Defense Association has filed a petition asking the justices to review the case of John and Tiffany Loudermilk.

The couple sued after the confrontation at their Maricopa County home in 2005, and a district court judge ruled a reasonable person would believe their decision to allow social workers to search their home was coerced.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the most reversed court in the U.S., later said the search was proper.



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