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Sports Authority to fight pat-down lawsuit

By BILL VARIAN
Published October 17, 2005


TAMPA - The governing board that oversees Raymond James Stadium voted Monday to fight a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of security pat-downs during Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.

However the board also will ask to have the National Football League pay the legal costs to defend the policy, since the league mandated the pat-downs. Executives with the Sports Authority already have a meeting scheduled Friday with representatives of the Buccaneers to discuss paying for the costs of the pat-downs themselves.

Hillsborough County resident and season ticket holder Gordon Johnston, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit in state court Thursday challenging the searches. Johnston claims the security measure violates the Fourth Amendment and similar state constitutional protections against the government conducting unreasonable searches on its citizens.

[Last modified October 17, 2005, 18:50:03]


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