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Case: John Does 1-100 v. Boyd

4:84-cv-00378 | U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Filed Date: April 20, 1984

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Case Summary

Four anonymous pretrial detainees brought a section 1983 action against the Dakota County Sheriff, complaining that the county jail's indiscriminate strip search policy was unconstitutional as applied to them and to similarly situated individuals, specifically pretrial detainees arrested for traffic offenses, regulatory offenses, bench warrants, and misdemeanors. On July 31, 1985, the District Court in Minnesota (Judge Harry MacLaughlin) granted plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment against …

Four anonymous pretrial detainees brought a section 1983 action against the Dakota County Sheriff, complaining that the county jail's indiscriminate strip search policy was unconstitutional as applied to them and to similarly situated individuals, specifically pretrial detainees arrested for traffic offenses, regulatory offenses, bench warrants, and misdemeanors. On July 31, 1985, the District Court in Minnesota (Judge Harry MacLaughlin) granted plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment against the County on the grounds that its strip search policy is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, but denied plaintiff's motion for class certification and held that they lacked standing to seek injunctive relief. Oddly, the court nonetheless added that the policy be "immediately discontinued." The court also granted the individual defendants qualified immunity. John Does 1-100 v. Boyd, 613 F. Supp. 1514 (D. Minn. 1985).

In 1986, the District Court granted plaintiff's motion for interim attorney's fees, pending adjudication of individual damages. John Does 1-100 v. Dakota Co., 1986 WL 7554 (D. Minn. 1986).

There is no docket available for this case on PACER, so there is no information on subsequent proceedings.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (6/1/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Devitt, Edward James (Minnesota)

MacLaughlin, Harry Hunter (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Reed, Barry G. (Minnesota)

Shiffermiller, Joh Ann (Minnesota)

Zimmerman, Charles S. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Burke, Martin (Minnesota)

Johnson, Sally (Minnesota)

Marshall, Joseph B. (Minnesota)

Muirhead, Douglas J. (Minnesota)

Tritbough, Wayne (Minnesota)

Judge(s)

Devitt, Edward James (Minnesota)

MacLaughlin, Harry Hunter (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Reed, Barry G. (Minnesota)

Shiffermiller, Joh Ann (Minnesota)

Zimmerman, Charles S. (Minnesota)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Burke, Martin (Minnesota)

Johnson, Sally (Minnesota)

Marshall, Joseph B. (Minnesota)

Muirhead, Douglas J. (Minnesota)

Tritbough, Wayne (Minnesota)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:84-cv-00378

Memorandum and Order

July 31, 1985

July 31, 1985

Order/Opinion

4:84-cv-00378

Memorandum and Order

John Does 1-100 v. Dakota County

Jan. 8, 1986

Jan. 8, 1986

Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated Sept. 2, 2022, 3:06 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Minnesota

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 20, 1984

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Four anonymous pretrial detainees who were subjected to strip searches (representing a purported class of pretrial detainees at the Dakota County Jail; class was not certified)

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Dakota County (Dakota), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Unknown

Order Duration: 1985 - None

Issues

General:

Search policies

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run