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Case Name Miracle v. Bullitt County, Kentucky JC-KY-0007
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00130-JBC-JDM ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On March 2, 2005, two women arrested for minor offenses filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, challenging the strip search policy of the Bullitt County, Kentucky Jail. Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged that the Jail's blanket ... read more >
On March 2, 2005, two women arrested for minor offenses filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, challenging the strip search policy of the Bullitt County, Kentucky Jail. Specifically, Plaintiffs alleged that the Jail's blanket policy of strip searching all arrestees regardless of whether there was any reasonable suspicion that the arrestee was in possession of contraband or weapons violated the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, and class certification.

Defendants answered Plaintiffs' complaint by generally denying all allegations.

At the time of this summary, the case was still pending, and the parties were engaged in ongoing discovery.

Dan Dalton - 01/22/2008


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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. § 1983
Defendant(s) Bullitt County
Plaintiff Description All individuals arrested for minor offenses who were required to remove their clothing for a visual inspection on admission to the Jail despite the absence of any reasonable suspicion that they were carrying or concealing weapons or contraband.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:05-cv-00130-JBC-JDM (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/15/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
JC-KY-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/02/2005
First Amended Complaint
JC-KY-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/21/2005
First Amended Complaint
JC-KY-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement
JC-KY-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/04/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (2008 WL 3850477) (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/14/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (2008 WL 4974799) (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/19/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (2009 WL 2240390) (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/24/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Order and Judgment (W.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/15/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Coffman, Jennifer B. (W.D. Ky., FISC, E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0007-0005 | JC-KY-0007-0006 | JC-KY-0007-0007 | JC-KY-0007-0008 | JC-KY-0007-0009 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Moyer, James D. (W.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
JC-KY-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0002 | JC-KY-0007-0003 | JC-KY-0007-0004 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Vaughn, E. Liddell (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0001 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Walker, Robert D. II (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0002 | JC-KY-0007-0004 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Wallace, Mark B. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0001 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blankenship, Stacey A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0003 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Bowles, David P (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0002 | JC-KY-0007-0003 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Moore, Douglas R. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-9000
Sholar, Walter A (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0001 | JC-KY-0007-0002 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Watson, Robert T. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-0002 | JC-KY-0007-0003 | JC-KY-0007-9000
Other Lawyers Bailey, Gregory J. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0007-9000

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