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Friday, February 4, 2011

Woman wins strip-search suit against Woodbury County

From the Sioux City Journal:
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.

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