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Case Name Jane Does v. City of Chicago JC-IL-0011
Docket / Court 79 C 789 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
Three women who had been subjected to strip and cavity searches in accordance with a blanket policy to strip search all female arrestees regardless of the charges or the liklihood that they are concealing contraband were part of a class action to challenge the constitutionality of the policy, filed ... read more >
Three women who had been subjected to strip and cavity searches in accordance with a blanket policy to strip search all female arrestees regardless of the charges or the liklihood that they are concealing contraband were part of a class action to challenge the constitutionality of the policy, filed on March 1, 1979. Jane Does v. City of Chicago, No. 79 C 789 (N.D.

Ill. Jan. 12, 1982) That case resulted in a settlement in which the City of Chicago was permanently enjoined from instituting strip searches or body cavity searches on women and not on similarly situated men, and from

performing strip searches of any person charged with a traffic, regulatory, or misdemeanor offense unless police reasonably believed that the arrestee was concealing weapons or contraband.

The three women were selected by the parties as typical cases to separate out for trial on the issue of damages. Jury trials were held and the women were awarded damages in the amounts of $25,000 and $60,000.

The City appealed, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the awards and the finding that the policy was unconstitutional.

Denise Heberle - 03/28/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
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 Chicago
Plaintiff Description Three women who were arrested for misdemeanor offenses and then strip searched, as representative damages claims in class action.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1984
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing JC-IL-0012 : Tikalski v. City of Chicago (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0018 : Hoffman v. City of Chicago (N.D. Ill.)
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 ]

Docket(s)
79-C-0789 (N.D. Ill.) 03/21/1991
JC-IL-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion [USCA] 08/02/1982 (687 F.2d 175)
JC-IL-0011-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [USCA] 11/29/1983 (723 F.2d 1263)
JC-IL-0011-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Bauer, William Joseph (N.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Cudahy, Richard Dickson (Seventh Circuit)
JC-IL-0011-0002
Cummings, Jeffrey Irvine Court not on record
JC-IL-0011-0002
Gibson, Floyd Robert (W.D. Mo., Eighth Circuit)
JC-IL-0011-0002
McMillen, Thomas Roberts (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Neaher, Edward Raymond (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Wood, Harlington Jr. (S.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clayton, Fay (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Grossman, Harvey (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Joseph, Burton (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Lipton, Lois (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Luecke, Mary Rita (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0002 | JC-IL-0011-9000
McGann, William J. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Pagniucci, Arnold A. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Schatz, Andrew M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Stein, Edward T. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Taylor, G. Flint (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001 | JC-IL-0011-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Montgomery, James D. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Quinlan, William R. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-9000
Rochford, Mary K. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001
Siegan, Jerome A (Illinois)
JC-IL-0011-0001 | JC-IL-0011-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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