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Case Name Sanchez v. Placer County JC-CA-0028
Docket / Court 2:05-CV-02231 ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On November 3, 2005, a woman arrested for a minor criminal infraction filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in order to challenge the Sheriff's policies, practices, and customs concerning the use of strip and visual body ... read more >
On November 3, 2005, a woman arrested for a minor criminal infraction filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in order to challenge the Sheriff's policies, practices, and customs concerning the use of strip and visual body cavity searches in the Placer County Jail. The named plaintiff, represented by private attorney Mark E. Merin, alleged that she was forced to strip naked, submit to a body cavity search, and display her genitalia to male officers. She further alleged that the practice was pursuant to official Placer County Jail policy, under which officers routinely subjected custodial detainees to strip and visual body cavity searches prior to arraignment and in the absence of any reasonable suspicion that the detainees possessed contraband or weapons. Plaintiff alleged that such policy violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as California state law. To remedy the alleged violations, Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, monetary damages, and class certification.

On October 27, 2006, the parties filed a stipulation for voluntary dismissal of the suit, advising the Court that they had reached a mutual resolution of the case. The terms of the settlement were not made part of the Court record.

Dan Dalton - 01/15/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Placer County
Placer County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description All persons who, from 2003 until the present were arrested and subjected to a pre-arraignment strip search at the Placer County Jail without defendants having a reasonable suspicion that the search would be productive of contraband.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:05-cv-02231-DFL-JFM (E.D. Cal.) 11/07/2006
JC-CA-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/03/2005
JC-CA-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Voluntary Dismissal by Stipulation [FRCP Rule 41(a)] and Order 11/07/2006 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0028-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Levi, David F. (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0028-0002 | JC-CA-0028-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Merin, Mark E. (California)
JC-CA-0028-0001 | JC-CA-0028-0002 | JC-CA-0028-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Edwards, Jamie (California)
JC-CA-0028-0002
Huskey, David K (California)
JC-CA-0028-0002 | JC-CA-0028-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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