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Case Name Mumpower v. Shelby County JC-AL-0016
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-01097-IPJ ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On May 4, 1998, two women arrested on separate alcohol-related charges filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in U.S. District Court for the North District of Alabama challenging the strip search policy of the Shelby County Jail. The policy was to strip search all arrestees who were to be placed ... read more >
On May 4, 1998, two women arrested on separate alcohol-related charges filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in U.S. District Court for the North District of Alabama challenging the strip search policy of the Shelby County Jail. The policy was to strip search all arrestees who were to be placed into general population, regardless of whether there was any suspicion of concealing contraband. One of the plaintiffs also alleged that she was subjected to excessive force by jail guards.

On April 14, 1999, the District Court (Judge Inge P. Johnson) granted summary judgment to the defendants on plaintiffs' claims that they were each subjected to an unconstitutional strip search. Judge Johnson denied defendants' motion as to the excessive force claim, finding that there were factual issues for the jury to resolve. Shortly after the Court's ruling, the parties settled the case and filed a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice. The settlement terms are unknown.

Dan Dalton - 08/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Personal injury
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Shelby County
Plaintiff Description Two women arrested on alcohol-related charges alleged that strip-searched conducted by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department were unconstitutional. One also filed charges arising from a complaint of excessive force.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
2:98-cv-01097-IPJ (N.D. Ala.) 06/16/1999
JC-AL-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Dismissing Defendant Shelby County 09/10/1998 (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Order Granting] Motion to Compel 01/07/1999 (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Dismissing Most Claims] 04/14/1999 (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [Dismissing Most Claims] 04/14/1999 (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 06/16/1999 (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Johnson, Inge Prytz (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0001 | JC-AL-0016-0002 | JC-AL-0016-0003 | JC-AL-0016-0004 | JC-AL-0016-9000
Smith, Charles Lynwood Jr. (N.D. Ala.)
JC-AL-0016-0005
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bennitt, Jeffrey William (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Bufford-Bennitt, Robyn G. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Gray, Kenneth F. Jr. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Compton, L. Hunter Jr. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Dodson, John W (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Ellis, Frank C. Jr. (Alabama)
JC-AL-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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