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Case Name DeToledo v. County of Suffolk JC-MA-0016
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-10834-RGS ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This case was originally filed in Massachusetts State Court, Suffolk County on March 21, 2001, three years following the allegedly illegal activity. After two more years, the case was removed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs, visitors to the ... read more >
This case was originally filed in Massachusetts State Court, Suffolk County on March 21, 2001, three years following the allegedly illegal activity. After two more years, the case was removed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs, visitors to the South Bay House of Corrections who were mistakenly arrested and in the case of one, strip searched, claimed violations of their Fourth Amendment rights.

On Novemeber 16, 2005, the parties settled and the case was dismissed. No details of the settlement are available.

Denise Heberle - 08/07/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Suffolk County
Plaintiff Description A woman that officers believed had an outstanding warrant (that had in fact been recalled) who was detained and strip-searched while visiting her fiancé at the South Bay House of Corrections.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
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)
SUCV2001-01297 (State Trial Court) 05/12/2003
JC-MA-0016-9001.pdf | Detail
1:03-cv-10834-RGS (D. Mass.) 11/16/2005
JC-MA-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Defendants' Memorandum in Support of Their Motion for Summary Judgment 09/17/2004
JC-MA-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order on Individuals Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment 07/26/2005 (379 F.Supp.2d 138) (D. Mass.)
JC-MA-0016-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Defendants County of Suffolk and Angelo Rao's Answer to Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint 08/12/2005
JC-MA-0016-0003.pdf | Detail
Settlement Order of Dismissal 11/16/2005 (D. Mass.)
JC-MA-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Stearns, Richard Gaylore (D. Mass.)
JC-MA-0016-0002 | JC-MA-0016-0004 | JC-MA-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bourque, Susan M. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0016-0004 | JC-MA-0016-9000 | JC-MA-0016-9001
Parker, Eric J. (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0016-0004 | JC-MA-0016-9000 | JC-MA-0016-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Cawley, Kathleen (Massachusetts)
JC-MA-0016-0001 | JC-MA-0016-0003 | JC-MA-0016-0004 | JC-MA-0016-9000 | JC-MA-0016-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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