Category Archives: Strip search

CA7: Strip search was reasonable, no matter the motive

Plaintiff’s strip search was objectively reasonable, no matter the subjective intent that motivated it. Jones v. Degrave, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 10953 (7th Cir. May 6, 2024). Plaintiff doesn’t show that GPS monitoring as a condition of his state probation … Continue reading

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D.Colo.: Terry frisk of backpack unreasonable when def handcuffed and 15′ away

Defendant was handcuffed behind his back and was 15′ from his backpack. “Terry does not, however, automatically permit the search of a detainee’s bag, particularly where the bag is completely inaccessible to the detainee. Indeed, numerous courts have found bag … Continue reading

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CA7: Warranted strip search in a private secure setting was conducted reasonably

“Shaw raises three responses, but they are unavailing. First, he contends that the officers did not follow Wisconsin and local laws that instruct officers to obtain written authorization from a supervisor before a strip search. But a violation of state … Continue reading

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CA7: Not following state and local laws on strip searches doesn’t make one unreasonable

“Shaw raises three responses, but they are unavailing. First, he contends that the officers did not follow Wisconsin and local laws that instruct officers to obtain written authorization from a supervisor before a strip search. But a violation of state … Continue reading

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S.D.N.Y.: Ptf prisoner pled enough to survive motion to dismiss because of an unnecessary and potentially abusive strip search

Prison search case: “Plaintiff alleges that his clothes were ripped off during the assault, he was left naked on the floor with his boxers barely on, and the C.E.R.T. Defendants searched him ‘without any [l]egitimate penological purpose for the strip … Continue reading

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NY3: SW for person doesn’t include body cavity search unless reason for such search was shown

“Even where a search warrant has been previously obtained, it is axiomatic that such ‘warrant exists and is required not simply to permit, but to circumscribe police intrusions’ …. Here, the search warrant that had been previously obtained authorized the … Continue reading

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CA8: Alleged degrading strip search of transgender inmate stated claim

An allegedly retaliatory prison strip search alleged to be degrading and too intrusive stated a claim and survived qualified immunity on the Fourth Amendment but not the First Amendment retaliation claim. The inmate was transgender transitioning to female. Beard v. … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Refusing discovery on 4A grounds in forfeiture case results in no standing

On remand from the Sixth Circuit in this forfeiture case on the question of standing, claimant asserted Fourth Amendment privilege to all discovery requests about his standing to claim the money. The court finds no facts for standing means no … Continue reading

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N.D.N.Y.: Strip search of transgender woman going into jail who might bond out was reasonable

Strip search of a transgender woman going into custody was reasonable, even though she’d likely bail out soon. “Applying Florence to this case, the Court finds that JCCF’s policy is consistent with the Fourth Amendment. Although JCCF’s institutional safety concerns … Continue reading

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E.D.Mo.: Strip search of civilly committed patient refusing pat search was reasonable and with QI

Plaintiff was strip searched when civilly committed when she refused to permit a pat search. “Considering all the circumstances described in Plaintiff’s Complaint, the search Plaintiff underwent, though surely unpleasant, was not unreasonable. “But even if the Court concluded the … Continue reading

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VA: Roadside partial strip search too intrusive and unreasonable

A roadside search ended up with officers searching in the back of defendant’s underwear looking for an object that could be felt but not retrieved because he clenched his buttocks. His shorts fell down but not his underwear. It was … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Jail strip search to document tattoos was reasonable

Plaintiff’s strip search in jail to photograph his tattoos was reasonable. Turn v. Leslie, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39329 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 5, 2024), adopted, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38391 ( E.D. Mich. Mar. 5, 2024). Plaintiff stated a Fourth … Continue reading

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CA4: Ptf, a contract jail nurse, states a claim for being strip searched when mistaken for inmate [in scrubs]

Plaintiff is a nurse, and, for her first day on the job at this jail, she was accidentally strip searched when she was mistaken for a weekender. She stated a claim for relief that survives summary judgment and qualified immunity. … Continue reading

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TX5: No binding authority says there’s a REP in an inmate’s jail medical records

There is no binding authority that a jail inmate has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his jail medical records, so the court finds the exclusionary rule shouldn’t apply. Quaschnick v. State, 2024 Tex. App. LEXIS 1108 (Tex. App. – … Continue reading

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D.S.D.: Def’s lies to police during arrest completely undermines his credibility in a pro se Franks challenge

Defendant pro se makes allegations of a Franks violation but nothing substantive is offered for the “substantial preliminary showing.” Moreover, because he lied to the officers during his arrest, the court finds him without credibility. United States v. Ward, 2023 … Continue reading

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CA6: Recently discovered alleged Franks violation not sufficient for successor habeas petition

Even if there was a recently discovered Franks violation in the underlying search warrant affidavit that produced evidence against defendant, that doesn’t satisfy the standard for a successor habeas petition. In re Rooks, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 31471 (6th Cir. … Continue reading

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PA MMA doesn’t permit driving while smoking MMJ

The MMA doesn’t permit driving while smoking MMJ. The smell of burnt MJ coming from defendant’s car was reasonable suspicion to extend the stop. Commonwealth v. Sloan, 2023 PA Super 173 (Sep. 21, 2023).* Plaintiff was in court shortly after … Continue reading

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MD: IAC Brady claim fails over search claim

Defense counsel’s failure to seek the IAD file on the officers at a suppression hearing wasn’t ineffective assistance of counsel. The searching officer had an alleged propensity to exaggerate and excessively strip search. Here, however, another officer was there to … Continue reading

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CA5: Retaliatory arrest under 1A also requires no PC under 4A

“But this court concluded that ‘Plaintiff-Appellees’ claims against Officer Currie … fall under the Fourth Amendment.’ [Mayfield, 976 F.3d at 486 n.1.] As that opinion explained, ‘in order to bring a First Amendment claim for retaliatory arrest, a plaintiff generally … Continue reading

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NY3: Where no information anyone else could be inside, no justification for protective sweep after def’s arrest

The police had no information even suggesting that another person was in the premises, and a protective sweep after defendant was arrested was unjustified. People v. Hadlock, 2023 NY Slip Op 03819, 2023 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 3839 (3d Dept. … Continue reading

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