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Case Name Rollins v. Clatsop County JC-OR-0009
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-01678-KI ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On November 8, 2007, the plaintiff brought a complaint against the Clatsop County Jail and Clatsop County, on behalf of himself and thousands of others pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The complaint challenged the jail's policy of strip-searching ... read more >
On November 8, 2007, the plaintiff brought a complaint against the Clatsop County Jail and Clatsop County, on behalf of himself and thousands of others pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The complaint challenged the jail's policy of strip-searching all individuals entering the county jail and then placing them in jail clothing. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiff contended that all people, even those convicted of minor crimes and misdemeanors, were strip-searched upon their entry into the jail.

Judge Garr M. King granted plaintiff's motion for leave to file an amended complaint on September 18, 2008. The amended complaint joined six new plaintiffs to the action who had all been stripped and cavity-searched.

Discovery continued until January 26, 2009. During that time, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed all but two of the plaintiffs.

On February 27, 2009, the defendants moved for summary judgment. The defense argued that the searches were constitutional because the plaintiffs met established criteria for strip searches and the defendant officer was shielded by qualified immunity.

On May 5, 2009, Judge King entered summary judgment for the defendants. We are not able to obtain a copy of the order entering summary judgment.

Dayna Frenkel - 09/17/2008
Erin Chapman - 01/30/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
Law-enforcement
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Clatsop County
Clatsop County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description All persons charged with misdemeanors or minor crimes and strip searched upon their entry into the Clatsop County Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
3:07-cv-01678-KI (D. Or.) 05/05/2009
JC-OR-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 11/08/2007
JC-OR-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Class Action Amended Complaint, Jury Trial Demanded 09/18/2008
JC-OR-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 05/04/2009 (D. Or.)
JC-OR-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges King, Garr M. (D. Or.)
JC-OR-0009-0003 | JC-OR-0009-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Berman, Leonard Randolph (Oregon)
JC-OR-0009-0001 | JC-OR-0009-0002 | JC-OR-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kraemer, Steven A. (Oregon)
JC-OR-0009-9000
Mayor, Travis J (Oregon)
JC-OR-0009-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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