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Case Name Simenc v. Sheriff of DuPage County JC-IL-0032
Docket / Court 82-C-4778 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
This case was brought in the early 1980s by two DuPage County Jail inmates against the County and various officials. Plaintiffs claimed they were strip searched in violation of their rights to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure and their rights to privacy.

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This case was brought in the early 1980s by two DuPage County Jail inmates against the County and various officials. Plaintiffs claimed they were strip searched in violation of their rights to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure and their rights to privacy.

The claim arose out of an arrest made on January 1, 1980. Plaintiffs were both subjected to strip searches pursuant to the county's blanket strip search policy.

On December 9, 1985, the Court (Judge Moran) denied Defendants' motion for Summary Judgment, and held that a blanket strip-search policy, regardless of offense was not constitutional as a matter of law; there were additional facts to be determined.

We have no additional information about this case.

Denise Heberle - 03/26/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) DuPage County Jail
DuPage County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description Two male individuals who were arrested for misdemeanor offenses in 1980 and were then each subjected to a strip search in the DuPage County Jail.
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 Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum and Opinion [Denying Defendants' Motion for S/J] 12/09/1985 (1985 WL 4896 / 1985 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 128) (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0032-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Moran, James Byron (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0032-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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