State v. Roth

Jacobsen v. City of Seattle, 98 Wn.2d 668, 658 P.2d 653, 655 (Wash. 1983) involved pat-down searches as patrons entered a rock concert. The Seattle Police Department conducted the searches and confiscated unmarked heart medicine, removed an unopened pack of cigarettes from a purse, opened the pack and inspected the individual cigarettes. Jacobsen, 658 P.2d at 654. Patrons were unaware they were subject to search prior to entering the concert. Id. The court found "highly intensive pat-down searches by police officers" to be "unconstitutional." Id. at 656. The court refused to analogize the rock concert searches to airport and courthouse searches and found they are not exempt from constitutional protection. Id.