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Case Name Wilson v. Franklin County, KY JC-KY-0013
Docket / Court 3:97-cv-00035-JMH ( E.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On April 24, 1997, five plaintiffs filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, challenging the strip search policy of the Franklin County Correctional Complex in Kentucky. Our information on this case is limited to the entries on ... read more >
On April 24, 1997, five plaintiffs filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, challenging the strip search policy of the Franklin County Correctional Complex in Kentucky. Our information on this case is limited to the entries on the PACER docket.

On November 10, 1997, the District Court (Judge Joseph M. Hood) certified the case as a class action. As 68 of the potential class members were identified as juveniles, the Court established special handling procedures for their claims, including ordering that their booking records be placed under seal.

Discovery and settlement talks continued through 1998 and 1999. In early 1999, the Court bifurcated the issues of liability and damages and the parties filed cross-motions for summary judgment. By order dated April 6, 1999, the District Court (Judge Hood) entered summary judgment in favor of Plaintiffs and against Defendants. Shortly thereafter, settlement talks resumed and the case was ultimately settled.

The parties' Joint Stipulation of Settlement was preliminarily approved by the District Court (Judge Hood) on December 28, 1999 and the case was set for a fairness hearing, after which the settlement was formally approved. The District Court appointed a guardian ad litem on behalf of the potential claimants who were identified as juveniles. The terms of the settlement were not recorded in the docket entries and are therefore unknown.

Dan Dalton - 02/18/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Juveniles
Search policies
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Franklin County, KY
Frankling County Correctional Complex
Plaintiff Description Individuals subjected to strip searches at the Franklin County Correctional Complex in Kentucky, including some juvenile detainees.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JC-KY-0012 : Black v. Franklin County, KY (E.D. Ky.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:97-cv-00035-JMH (E.D. Ky.) 06/17/2002
JC-KY-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Hood, Joseph Martin (E.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
JC-KY-0013-9000
Wehrman, J. Gregory (E.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
JC-KY-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Evans, Eric V. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Gray, Mark K. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Hayden, Marian J. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Amato, Stephen Garrett (Kansas)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Boyd, James E. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Busch, Edward F. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Caldwell, Brent L. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Sullivan, Richard M. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Woodall, Jon A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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