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Case Name Allen v. Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners JC-KS-0006
Docket / Court 2:90-cv-02059-EEO ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On March 9, 1990, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint in this strip search case in the United States District Court of Kansas. The plaintiff claimed she was unlawfully detained and strip searched after having been arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The District Court (Chief ... read more >
On March 9, 1990, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint in this strip search case in the United States District Court of Kansas. The plaintiff claimed she was unlawfully detained and strip searched after having been arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The District Court (Chief Judge Earl E. O'Connor) initially denied motions for summary judgment by both parties, on grounds that the defendant officer denied the search ever took place. Just before the case was set to go to trial, the Court ruled on various other motions for summary judgment in favor of defendants, and the case was dismissed.

Denise Heberle - 04/09/2012


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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 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Wyandotte County Board of Commissioners
Wyandotte County Sherrif's Department
Plaintiff Description Woman strip-searched by officers at the Kansas University Medical Center after having been arrested for driving on a suspended license and with expired tags.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Case Closing Year 1991
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
Date: Spring 2008
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:90-cv-02059-EEO (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/27/1991
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order [Granting Defendants' Motions to Dismiss Punitive Damages Claim and to Dismiss Some Defendants] (1990 WL 254978 / 1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 17814) (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/07/1990
Memorandum and Order [Granting in Part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] (773 F.Supp. 1442) (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/02/1991
Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order [Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] (1991 WL 183554 / 1991 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 12984) (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0006-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/06/1991
Judges O'Connor, Earl Eugene (D. Kan.)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beach, Douglas C. (Virgin Islands)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Doherty, Stephen P. (Missouri)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Duma, John M. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Fitzgerald, William T. (Texas)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Gurney, Paul C. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Hutson, Catherine R. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Maher, Gregory F. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0001 | JC-KS-0006-0003 | JC-KS-0006-9000
McFadden, John C. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-9000
Sutherland, Thomas M. (Kansas)
JC-KS-0006-0002 | JC-KS-0006-9000

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