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Case Name Susan B. v. City of Chicago JC-IL-0034
Docket / Court 83 C 228 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
In 1983, plaintiff filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Chicago in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages, alleging she was strip searched in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

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In 1983, plaintiff filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Chicago in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages, alleging she was strip searched in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Plaintiff alleged she was ordered to squat five times despite her objections that she had not recovered from a recent hysterectomy and that a strip search would cause her substantial pain and create a threat of injury. Levka v. City of Chicago, 748 F.2d 421, 426 (7th Cir. 1984) (JC-IL-10-7500).

In November 1983, a jury awarded plaintiff $15,000 following a one day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Milton I. Shadur on the damages. The Seventh Circuit had previously held that defendant's strip-search policy for female arrestees violated the Fourth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection (see JC-IL-10). Susan B. v. City of Chicago, No. 83-C-228, 1983 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11437 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 22, 1983).

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Shira Gordon - 05/31/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
General
Strip search policy
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description Female subjected to a strip search.
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1983
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)
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General Documents
Opinion (Re: Motion to Limine) 11/22/1983 (1983 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11437) (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0034-0001 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Shadur, Milton Irving (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0034-0001
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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