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Case Name Medina v. County of San Bernardino JC-CA-0060
Docket / Court 07-1600 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On December 5, 2007, a practicing Muslim woman, represented by the ACLU, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 against the County of San Bernadino in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She alleged that the defendants had violated her civil rights by forcing her ... read more >
On December 5, 2007, a practicing Muslim woman, represented by the ACLU, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 against the County of San Bernadino in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She alleged that the defendants had violated her civil rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf (hijab) while she was in custody in San Bernardino County's West Valley Detention Center. (She had been arrested for having an invalid train pass.)

On October 17, 2008, the parties settled the case. The settlement agreement specified that Muslim women must be provided a private area to remove their headscarves after arrest and must be provided with county-issued headscarves to cover themselves when they are in the presence of men. The county also paid $10,000 in damages and $35,000 in attorney fees.

Kristen Sagar - 04/14/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Religious programs / policies
Search policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) County of San Bernardino
Plaintiff Description a practicing Muslim woman
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2008
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 ]

Docket(s)
07-1600 (C.D. Cal.) 12/17/2008
JC-CA-0060-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint for Damages 01/11/2008
JC-CA-0060-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss 4th Claim for Relief of Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint 01/31/2008
JC-CA-0060-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to First Amended Complaint 03/05/2008
JC-CA-0060-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 10/17/2008
JC-CA-0060-0001.pdf | Detail
Order Dismissing Case 12/17/2008 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0060-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Parada, Oswald (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0060-9000
Phillips, Virginia A. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0060-0005 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lapidus, Lenora M. (New Jersey)
JC-CA-0060-0002 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-0005 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)
JC-CA-0060-0002 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-0005 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Migdal, Ariela M (New York)
JC-CA-0060-0002 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-0005 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Nataranjan, Ranjana (California)
JC-CA-0060-0002 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Villagra, Hector O. (California)
JC-CA-0060-0002 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-0005 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Fox, Dana Alden (California)
JC-CA-0060-0003 | JC-CA-0060-0004 | JC-CA-0060-9000
Suh, Eugene S (California)
JC-CA-0060-0003 | JC-CA-0060-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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