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Case Name Rankin v. Colman JC-FL-0015
Docket / Court 84-706 ( State Court )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This state court case was filed in 1980 in Florida by a woman who was strip searched after being arrested for failing to produce her driver's license.

Plaintiff claimed the strip search was performed in accordance with the sheriff's policy and procedure to strip search all females ... read more >
This state court case was filed in 1980 in Florida by a woman who was strip searched after being arrested for failing to produce her driver's license.

Plaintiff claimed the strip search was performed in accordance with the sheriff's policy and procedure to strip search all females without regard to the gravity of the offense with which they were charged, and with out probable cause to believe they had contraband on their person.

The trial court dismissed plaintiff's third amended complaint, but on August 29, 1985, the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District (Judge Orfinger) reversed the dismissal and remanded the case for further proceedings. [This is the only document we have for this case besides the Table Order noting the Florida Supreme Court refused to reverse the appellate court, so we do not know the outcome.]

Denise Heberle - 03/20/2012


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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) Orange County
Plaintiff Description Female plaintiff arrested for traffic violation
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
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)
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  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)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Appellate Decision [District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District] 08/29/1985 (476 So.2d 234)
JC-FL-0015-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Table Opinion] 02/06/1986 (484 So.2d 7)
JC-FL-0015-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Hammond, Kim C. (State Appellate Court)
JC-FL-0015-0001
Orfinger, Melvin (State Appellate Court)
JC-FL-0015-0001
Upchurch, Frank D. Jr. (State Appellate Court)
JC-FL-0015-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Edens, Deborah C. (Florida)
JC-FL-0015-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Lengauer, Steven F. (Florida)
JC-FL-0015-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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