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Case Name Sala v. County of Suffolk JC-NY-0049
Docket / Court 75 C 486 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This civil rights action was brought against the County of Suffolk, its sheriff and a correction officer by a woman subjected to a strip search after being detained on a minor charge. The district court awarded injunctive relief and attorney's fees but granted defendants' motion for summary ... read more >
This civil rights action was brought against the County of Suffolk, its sheriff and a correction officer by a woman subjected to a strip search after being detained on a minor charge. The district court awarded injunctive relief and attorney's fees but granted defendants' motion for summary judgment on the issue of damages. The plaintiff appealed this decision to Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal. The United States Supreme Court granted cert., and although it denied the plaintiff's petition to consolidate with another case (Owens v. Missouri), the Court remanded the case to the Second Circuit to decide the damages issue in light of the Owens decision. The Second Circuit in turn remanded the damages issue to the District Court.

Nick Niles - 07/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) County of Suffolk
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was accused of harassment, a minor violation, and a summons was issued. The summons was mailed to the wrong address, she did not appear and a warrant was issued for her arrest. When she did appear, she was handcuffed and strip searched.
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Unknown
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
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)
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  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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 08/17/1979 (604 F.2d 207)
JC-NY-0049-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [Denying Petition to Consolidate] 10/29/1979 (444 U.S. 923)
JC-NY-0049-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion [Vacating and Remanding] 04/21/1980 (446 U.S. 903)
JC-NY-0049-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
[Order Remanding Case to District Court] 07/09/1980 (633 F.2d 206)
JC-NY-0049-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Kaufman, Irving Robert (Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0049-0001
Smith, John Joseph (Second Circuit, D. Conn.)
JC-NY-0049-0001
Timbers, William Homer (Second Circuit, D. Conn.)
JC-NY-0049-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aron, Bennett E. (New York)
JC-NY-0049-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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