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Case Name John Does 1-100 v. Boyd JC-MN-0001
Docket / Court 4-84-378 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
Four anonymous pretrial detainees brought a section 1983 action against the Dakota County Sheriff, complaining that the county jail's indiscriminate strip search policy was unconstitutional as applied to them and to similarly situated individuals, specifically pretrial detainees arrested for ... read more >
Four anonymous pretrial detainees brought a section 1983 action against the Dakota County Sheriff, complaining that the county jail's indiscriminate strip search policy was unconstitutional as applied to them and to similarly situated individuals, specifically pretrial detainees arrested for traffic offenses, regulatory offenses, bench warrants, and misdemeanors. On July 31, 1985, the District Court in Minnesota (Judge Harry MacLaughlin) granted plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment against the County on the grounds that its strip search policy is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, but denied plaintiff's motion for class certification and held that they lacked standing to seek injunctive relief. Oddly, the court nonetheless added that the policy be "immediately discontinued." The court also granted the individual defendants qualified immunity. John Does 1-100 v. Boyd, 613 F. Supp. 1514 (D. Minn. 1985).

In 1986, the District Court granted plaintiff's motion for interim attorney's fees, pending adjudication of individual damages. John Does 1-100 v. Dakota Co., 1986 WL 7554 (D. Minn. 1986).

There is no docket available for this case on PACER, so there is no information on subsequent proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Dakota County
Plaintiff Description Four anonymous pretrial detainees who were subjected to strip searches (representing a purported class of pretrial detainees at the Dakota County Jail; class was not certified)
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Unknown
Source of Relief Litigation
Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1985 - n/a
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
Memorandum and Order 07/31/1985 (613 F.Supp. 1514) (D. Minn.)
JC-MN-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order 01/08/1986 (1986 WL 7554) (D. Minn.)
JC-MN-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges MacLaughlin, Harry Hunter (D. Minn.)
JC-MN-0001-0001 | JC-MN-0001-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Reed, Barry G. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0001 | JC-MN-0001-0002
Zimmerman, Charles S. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0001 | JC-MN-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Burke, Martin (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0002
Johnson, Sally (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0002
Marshall, Joseph B. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0001 | JC-MN-0001-0002
Muirhead, Douglas J. (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0001 | JC-MN-0001-0002
Tritbough, Wayne (Minnesota)
JC-MN-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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