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Case Name Branch v. City of Bellwood JC-IL-0016
Docket / Court 96 C 689 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On February 6, 1996, a woman who had been strip searched by police officers filed this case against the City of Bellwood, Illinois in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff, represented by the People's Law Offices, sought damages.

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On February 6, 1996, a woman who had been strip searched by police officers filed this case against the City of Bellwood, Illinois in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff, represented by the People's Law Offices, sought damages.

The parties reached a settlement on October 23, 1996, with Defendant to pay damages but since the only document we have is the docket, the terms of the settlement are unknown.

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
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Bellwood
Plaintiff Description Female plaintiff arrested by Town of Bellwood officers and then subjected to strip search.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1996
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)
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Docket(s)
1:96-cv-00689 (N.D. Ill.) 10/23/1996
JC-IL-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Hart, William Thomas (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Susler, Janis M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Polick, Joseph M. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0016-9000
Weiler, Thomas R. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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