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03/01/2004 Archived Entry: "Do you have to identify yourself any time a cop insists?"

"YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE!" Are Americans required to carry ID at all times? Must you identify yourself any time a cop insists, even if he refuses to give a reason? The Supreme Court will examine those questions this month.

The story's a bit more complex than the article above implies. The man bringing the suit wasn't just standing around minding his own business. He was having an argument with his daughter by the side of a road. But does that mean a cop can demand ID from him without any clear justification? Here's more background, including video of the arrest.

Posted by Claire @ 09:01 AM CST

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