Case: Chapman v. Nichols

4:91-cv-00539 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: July 24, 1991

Closed Date: 1993

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Case Summary

This 1991 strip search case was brought by four female detainees arrested for minor traffic offenses and held at the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where they were strip-searched notwithstanding the lack of reasonable suspicion to believe they were concealing weapons or contraband. They filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma where the judge (H. Dale Cook) held the sheriff was not entitled to qualified immunity because it was clearly established in 1991 and 1992 that blanket policy for strip searches of detainees was unconstitutional.

The sheriff appealed and on March 23, 1993, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (Seymour, Anderson and Ebel, Circuit Judges) affirmed and remanded.

We have no further information about this case.

Summary Authors

Denise Heberle (8/7/2012)

People


Judge(s)

Anderson, Stephen Hale (Utah)

Cook, Harold Dale (Oklahoma)

Ebel, David M. (Colorado)

Seymour, Stephanie Kulp (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Collier, Ron (Oklahoma)

Simmons, Teresa A. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harlan, John Lowell (Oklahoma)

McClain, Lantz (Oklahoma)

Nelson, Don Ipo (Oklahoma)

Judge(s)

Anderson, Stephen Hale (Utah)

Cook, Harold Dale (Oklahoma)

Ebel, David M. (Colorado)

Seymour, Stephanie Kulp (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Collier, Ron (Oklahoma)

Simmons, Teresa A. (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Harlan, John Lowell (Oklahoma)

McClain, Lantz (Oklahoma)

Nelson, Don Ipo (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Chapman v. Nichols, et al

June 15, 1993 Docket

Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

989 F.2d 393

March 23, 1993 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT (Summons(es) issued); Consent form sent (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/22/1992)

July 24, 1991
7

ANSWER by defendant Creek Cty BCC to [1-1] (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

Sept. 10, 1991
15

ANSWER by defendant Doug Nichols to [1-1] (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

Oct. 9, 1991
32

MOTION by defendant Doug Nichols, defendant Creek Cty BCC for summary judgment (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

Feb. 14, 1992
40

MOTION by plaintiff Julie Chapman for partial summary judgment (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

Feb. 18, 1992
62

MOTION by plaintiff Julie Chapman to consolidate cases & brf/spprt w/92-109 o2j (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

April 2, 1992
63

RESPONSE by defendant Creek Cty BCC to motion to consolidate cases & brf/spprt w/92-109 o2j [62-1] (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

April 14, 1992
70

ORDER by Senior Judge H. D. Cook denying motion for partial summary judgment [40-1] (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

May 29, 1992
71

ORDER by Senior Judge H. D. Cook denying motion for summary judgment [32-1] (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

May 29, 1992
74

NOTICE OF APPEAL by defendant Doug Nichols from Dist. Court decision [71-1] (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

June 8, 1992
80

ORDER by Senior Judge H. D. Cook granting motion to stay pend appeal [76-1] , CASE STAYED (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

June 22, 1992
82

CERTIFIED COPY of Order from USCA re: juris issue, whether ntc/appeal was filed before rlg on pltf's mot (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1993)

July 2, 1992
83

MOTION by plaintiff Julie Chapman to withdraw attorney Teresa Simmons o2j (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/15/1993)

March 12, 1993
84

ORDER by Senior Judge H. D. Cook granting motion to withdraw attorney Teresa Simmons o2j [83-1] for Julie Chapman (cc: mvt counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/22/1993)

March 19, 1993
85

CERTIFIED COPY of judgment from USCA; remanding the Decision of the District Court [Appeal [74-1] (cc: HDC) (agc, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 04/19/1993)

April 16, 1993

MINUTE ORDER: by H Dale Cook; pursuant to remand from 10th, pretrial conference set for 11:00 6/15/93 pretrial order ddl set for 6/7/93 (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 04/21/1993)

April 20, 1993

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT by defendant Doug Nichols, defendant Creek Cty BCC, by telephone. Papers wi/30 days. (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 04/27/1993)

April 27, 1993

MINUTE ORDER: ; Pretrial conference stricken. Case set for hearing re settlement for 11:15 a.m., 6/15/93 (cc: all counsel) (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/04/1993)

June 4, 1993
86

PRETRIAL MEMORANDUM/ Statement by plaintiff Julie Chapman, ptys settled, pprs at PT conf (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/08/1993)

June 7, 1993
87

STIPULATION of ptys for dism (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/16/1993)

June 14, 1993
88

NOTICE by plaintiff Julie Chapman of dism w/prej as to Nichols, individ (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/16/1993)

June 14, 1993

MINUTES: by Senior Judge H. D. Cook ; Case called for PT. Parties announce settlement as to all pltfs. Orders approved.(HDC-J)(ES-cr) (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/15/1993)

June 15, 1993
89

JOURNAL ENTRY OF JUDGMENT: by Senior Judge H. D. Cook terminating case for pltf agnst defts for $20,000 (cc: all counsel) (pll, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/16/1993)

June 15, 1993

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 24, 1991

Closing Date: 1993

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Four women who were arrested for minor traffic violations, taken to the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, OK, and subjected to strip searches notwithstanding the lack of reasonable suspicion to believe they were concealing weapons or contraband.

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Creek County, OK (Creek), County

Sherrif of Creek County (Creek), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Search policies

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run