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Case Name Chapman v. Nichols JC-OK-0005
Docket / Court 4:91-cv-00539-HDC ( N.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This 1991 strip search case was brought by four female detainees arrested for minor traffic offenses and held at the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where they were strip-searched notwithstanding the lack of reasonable suspicion to believe they were concealing weapons or contraband. They ... read more >
This 1991 strip search case was brought by four female detainees arrested for minor traffic offenses and held at the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where they were strip-searched notwithstanding the lack of reasonable suspicion to believe they were concealing weapons or contraband. They filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma where the judge (H. Dale Cook) held the sheriff was not entitled to qualified immunity because it was clearly established in 1991 and 1992 that blanket policy for strip searches of detainees was unconstitutional.

The sheriff appealed and on March 23, 1993, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (Seymour, Anderson and Ebel, Circuit Judges) affirmed and remanded.

We have no further information about this case.

Denise Heberle - 08/07/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Creek County, OK
Sherrif of Creek County
Plaintiff Description Four women who were arrested for minor traffic violations, taken to the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, OK, and subjected to strip searches notwithstanding the lack of reasonable suspicion to believe they were concealing weapons or contraband.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1993
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)
4:91-cv-00539-HDC (N.D. Okla.) 06/15/1993
JC-OK-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 03/23/1993 (989 F.2d 393)
JC-OK-0005-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Anderson, Stephen Hale (Tenth Circuit)
JC-OK-0005-0001
Cook, Harold Dale (W.D. Okla., E.D. Okla., N.D. Okla.)
JC-OK-0005-9000
Ebel, David M. (Tenth Circuit)
JC-OK-0005-0001
Seymour, Stephanie Kulp (Tenth Circuit)
JC-OK-0005-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Collier, Ron (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0005-0001 | JC-OK-0005-9000
Simmons, Teresa A. (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0005-0001 | JC-OK-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harlan, John Lowell (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0005-0001 | JC-OK-0005-9000
McClain, Lantz (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0005-9000
Nelson, Don Ipo (Oklahoma)
JC-OK-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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