Make us your home page
Instagram

Court ruling allows patdowns to resume at Bucs games

TAMPA — The three-year tug-of-war over security patdowns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games continued this week, with the Tampa Sports Authority winning the right to resume the practice in upcoming games.

About a week after a judge for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion delaying the patdowns, a panel of three judges from the same circuit reversed that ruling.

Tampa Sports Authority attorney Richard Zabak said the federal district court in Tampa still needs to abandon an injunction against the patdowns before the stadium can enact the security measure the NFL requires at its 32 stadiums. Zabak filed a motion asking the court to act quickly since the team is already three games into the season.

Barbara Casey, a Sports Authority spokeswoman, said fans could face security patdowns as early as Oct. 12 against the Carolina Panthers. Logistically, the Sports Authority couldn't set up for patdowns fast enough before next week's game against the Green Bay Packers, Casey said.

Raymond James Stadium is the only NFL stadium that does not hand-screen fans. The court battle over patdowns began after high school civics teacher and Bucs season-ticket holder Gordon Johnston sued the stadium, saying patdowns violated his Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizures.

Johnston had been considering appealing the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but now his attorneys are reviewing all their options, having taken a step back.

"We were disappointed that the stay was lifted," said John Goldsmith, one of Johnston's attorneys.

Justin George can be reached at (813) 226-3368 or jgeorge@sptimes.com.

Court ruling allows patdowns to resume at Bucs games 09/24/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 26, 2008 2:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trigaux: Task now is for Water Street Tampa to build an identity

    Business

    Adios, VinikVille! Hello Water Street Tampa.

    An aerial rendering of the $3 billion redevelopment project that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners plan on 50-plus acres around Amalie Arena.
[Rendering courtesy of Strategic Property Partners]
  2. Unlicensed contractor accused of faking death triggers policy change at Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    The unlicensed contractor accused of faking his death to avoid angry homeowners has triggered an immediate change in policy at the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.

    Last year Glenn and Judith Holland said they paid a contractor thousands of dollars to renovate their future retirement home in Seminole. But when they tried to move in on Dec. 14, they said the home was in shambles and uninhabitable. They sent a text message to contractor Marc Anthony Perez at 12:36 p.m. looking for answers. Fourteen minutes later, they got back this text: "This is Marc's daughter, dad passed away on the 7th of December in a car accident. Sorry." Turns out Perez was still alive. Now the Hollands are suing him in Pinellas-Pasco circuit court. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena

    Tourism

    The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011, before public pressure was placed on the theme park company to curtail its orca shows.SeaWorld has since announced an end to the traditional killer whale entertainment  at its theme parks. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  4. Rick Scott appoints longtime ally Jimmy Patronis as Florida CFO

    State Roundup
    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]