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Case Name Jones v. Edwards JC-NE-0003
Docket / Court (Unknown) ( D. Neb. )
State/Territory Nebraska
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
Plaintiff, an arrestee, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Lincoln County and the City of North Platte, Nebraska in the United States Court for the District of Nebraska. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, claimed that his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. ... read more >
Plaintiff, an arrestee, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Lincoln County and the City of North Platte, Nebraska in the United States Court for the District of Nebraska. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, claimed that his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that a strip search conducted without any reasonable suspicion of a security threat violated his constitutional rights.

On April 30, 1981, in the city of North Platte, Nebraska, the plaintiff was at home when an animal control officer came to his door and attempted to get him to sign an affidavit promising to appear in court for violation of a dog-leash ordinance. The plaintiff refused. The next day, the animal control officer returned with police officers and an arrest warrant. Plaintiff was arrested for failing to sign the affidavit and brought to the Lincoln County jail, where he was visually strip-searched in an alcove.

The District Court (Judge Warren K. Urbom) entered a judgment for the defendants following a jury verdict in defendants' favor. Plaintiff appealed.

On Aug. 20, 1985, Judge Gerald Heaney, writing for a Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Panel (Judge Heaney, Judge Jesse Henly, Judge Theodore McMillian) ruled that the District Court had erred in denying Plaintiff's motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict. The Court entered an Order for judgment in the plaintiffs' favor, and remanded for consideration of compensatory damages.

We have no further information about the case on remand.

Blase Kearney - 05/08/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
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) City of North Platte
Deputy Sheriffs of Lincoln County
Police Officers of the City of North Platte
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was strip-searched after being arrested for failure to sign the summons regarding violation of the local leash law.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Appellate Decision 08/20/1985 (770 F.2d 739)
JC-NE-0003-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Heaney, Gerald William (Eighth Circuit)
JC-NE-0003-0001
Henley, Jesse Smith (E.D. Ark., W.D. Ark., Eighth Circuit)
JC-NE-0003-0001
McMillian, Theodore (Eighth Circuit)
JC-NE-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Grenier, Beverly Evans (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Piccolo, Frank E. (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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