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Case Name O'Day v. Nassau County JC-NY-0029
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-02844 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On May 20, 1999, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by private New York attorneys, the plaintiffs challenged the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. Under the policy, ... read more >
On May 20, 1999, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by private New York attorneys, the plaintiffs challenged the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. Under the policy, the plaintiffs alleged, all misdemeanor and minor offense arrestees were strip-searched, without reasonable suspicion that the arrestees were concealing weapons or other contraband. The plaintiffs alleged the policy violated the Fourth Amendment and sought declaratory and injunctive relief, monetary damages, and class certification.

This case, which was styled O'Day v. Nassau County, was one of three cases that were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. The other two cases were Iaffaldano v. County of Nassau (JC-NY-44 in this database) and Augustin v. Jablonsky (JC-NY-24 in this database). The plaintiffs in all three cases moved to consolidate the cases and for class certification for a class defined as "all persons arrested for or charged with non-felony offenses who have been admitted to the Nassau County Correctional Center and strip searched without particularized reasonable suspicion." The District Court (Distrct Judge Denis J. Hurley) consolidated the cases, but denied class certification. Augustin v. Jablonsky , 2001 WL 770839 (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 08, 2001).

See Augustin v. Jablonsky (JC-NY-0024 in this database) for the summary of proceedings occurring after consolidation of the three cases.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Nassau County
Nassau County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description All persons arrested for misdemeanors or non-criminal offenses in Nassau County who were strip searched at Nassau County Correctional Facility pursuant to defendants' Blanket Policy, from May 20, 1996 until June 1, 1999.
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 Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing JC-NY-0024 : Augustin v. Jablonsky (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044 : Iaffaldano v. Nassau County (E.D.N.Y.)
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)
0:99-cv-02844-DRH (E.D.N.Y.) 07/26/2013
JC-NY-0029-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Re: In re Nassau County Strip Search Cases [regarding class certification] 08/18/2004
JC-NY-0029-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [Denying Motion to Certify Class] 08/20/2004 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0002 PDF | Detail
Correspondence Re: Settlement 01/04/2005
JC-NY-0029-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Correspondence Re: Settlement 06/24/2005
JC-NY-0029-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Settlement 06/24/2005
JC-NY-0029-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment 07/05/2006 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appellate Opinion 08/24/2006 (461 F.3d 219)
JC-NY-0029-0012 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Mandate of USCA 10/10/2006
JC-NY-0029-0004 PDF | Detail
Order [Granting Class Certification] 01/16/2007 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 09/22/2010 (742 F.Supp.2d 304) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0010 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 10/19/2011 (819 F.Supp.2d 153) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0009 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 07/18/2013 (958 F.Supp.2d 339) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0011 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brown, Gary R (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
JC-NY-0029-9000
Cabranes, Jose Alberto (D. Conn., FISCR, Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012
Hall, Peter W. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012
Hurley, Denis Reagan (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0001 | JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0009 | JC-NY-0029-0010 | JC-NY-0029-0011 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Straub, Chester J. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brinckerhoff, Matthew D. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Freedman, Spencer B. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0003
Herbst, Robert L. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0005 | JC-NY-0029-0006 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Moore, Jonathan C. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Restituyo, Martin E (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Scanlon, Vera M. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Smith, Jeffrey G. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Wang, Mariann Meier (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ben-Sorek, Liora M. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Ford, Bernadette K. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0007 | JC-NY-0029-0008
Goodman, Lorna B. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0008
Lobasso, Christine Ann (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Millus, Paul F. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Saffran, Dennis J. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Waters, Gerald C Jr. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Other Lawyers Schulz, David A (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000

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