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Inmates sue over search
by Bernie Hornick
Two Muslims are suing the state Department of Corrections, saying they were humiliated by being strip-searched before female staff and fellow inmates at SCI-Laurel Highlands.
Both said their requests to be taken to a private search area were denied during a general lockdown on Oct. 5, 2009.
"The Islamic religion prohibits a man from exposing his genitals to anyone but his spouse," according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Johnstown by attorney Aaron Martin of suburban Philadelphia.
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