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Case Name Jane Does 1-100 v. Omodt JC-MN-0003
Docket / Court 3-83-468 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
In 1978, an individual arrested for a minor offense filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, challenging the constitutionality of the Hennepin County Jail strip search policy.

The District Court (Judge Paul A. Magnuson) ... read more >
In 1978, an individual arrested for a minor offense filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, challenging the constitutionality of the Hennepin County Jail strip search policy.

The District Court (Judge Paul A. Magnuson) dismissed the case, holding that it was time-barred by Minnesota's two-year statute of limitations for personal injury actions. Plaintiff appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

On March 13, 1987, the Eighth Circuit (Judge George Gardner Fagg) reversed, holding that the law as it existed at the time Plaintiff's suit was filed required application of a six-year statute of limitations, thereby making Plaintiff's suit timely. The Eighth Circuit refused to retroactively apply the U.S. Supreme Court case of Wilson v. Garcia, 471 U.S. 261 (1985), which changed the law governing personal injury statutes of limitations in § 1983 civil rights actions. The Eighth Circuit thereby reversed the District Court's dismissal and remanded the case to the District Court for further proceedings.

There was no PACER docket available and we have no further information on this case.

Dan Dalton - 02/17/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Hennepin County
Hennepin County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description Arrestees strip-searched Hennepin County, Minnesota Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Appellate Decision 03/13/1987 (813 F.2d 910)
JC-MN-0003-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Fagg, George Gardner (Eighth Circuit)
JC-MN-0003-0001
Gibson, John R. (W.D. Mo., Eighth Circuit)
JC-MN-0003-0001
Hanson, William Cook (S.D. Iowa, N.D. Iowa)
JC-MN-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Reed, Barry G. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Sweetland, Charles F. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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