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Case Name Kathriner v. City of Overland JC-MO-0017
Docket / Court 82-1579-C ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
In the early '80s, a detainee filed this case against the City of Overland and various officials in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, claiming violations of her Fourth Amendment rights arising out of her detention and strip search.

A jury found for ... read more >
In the early '80s, a detainee filed this case against the City of Overland and various officials in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, claiming violations of her Fourth Amendment rights arising out of her detention and strip search.

A jury found for the Plaintiff, except as to two defendants, and the remaining defendants moved for a new trial.

On September 4, 1984, the Court (Judge Cahill) denied the motions, holding that the city was liable for violating detainee's constitutional rights in conducting strip search without belief that detainee possessed contraband or weapons and without circumstances warranting such search; that good faith immunity shielded public officials who implemented the search; and that the question of one official's intent to punish detainee in implementing strip search was question for jury.

Denise Heberle - 04/18/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Overland, MO
Plaintiff Description Woman strip-searched pursuant to City policy without individualized probable cause.
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 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
Order 09/04/1984 (602 F.Supp. 124) (E.D. Mo.)
JC-MO-0017-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Cahill, Clyde S. Jr. (E.D. Mo.)
JC-MO-0017-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeWoskin, Alan E. (Missouri)
JC-MO-0017-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Selner, Norman A. (Missouri)
JC-MO-0017-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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