A jury has awarded a South Sioux City woman who was strip-searched at the Woodbury County Jail over $250,000 in damages.
Maureen Rattray claimed in her civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux City that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated when corrections officers allegedly performed a body cavity search on her at the Woodbury County Jail in August 2006 following a drunken-driving arrest.
Since the 1970s, the Woodbury County Jail used strip-searches on all inmates charged with serious misdemeanors or greater offenses. The jail stopped the practice on Oct. 15, 2007, eight months after Rattray filed her complaint.
Friday, February 4, 2011
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