Case: Susan B. v. City of Chicago

1:83-00228 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Jan. 13, 1983

Closed Date: Nov. 22, 1983

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Case Summary

In 1983, plaintiff filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Chicago in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages, alleging she was strip searched in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.Plaintiff alleged she was ordered to squat five times despite her objections that she had not recovered from a recent hysterectomy and that a strip search would cause her substantial pain and create a threat of inj…

In 1983, plaintiff filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the City of Chicago in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiff sought compensatory damages, alleging she was strip searched in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Plaintiff alleged she was ordered to squat five times despite her objections that she had not recovered from a recent hysterectomy and that a strip search would cause her substantial pain and create a threat of injury. Levka v. City of Chicago, 748 F.2d 421, 426 (7th Cir. 1984) (JC-IL-10-7500).

In November 1983, a jury awarded plaintiff $15,000 following a one day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Milton I. Shadur on the damages. The Seventh Circuit had previously held that defendant's strip-search policy for female arrestees violated the Fourth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection (see JC-IL-10). Susan B. v. City of Chicago, No. 83-C-228, 1983 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11437 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 22, 1983).

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Summary Authors

Shira Gordon (5/31/2012)

People


Judge(s)

Shadur, Milton Irving (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Shadur, Milton Irving (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:83-00228

Opinion (Re: Motion to Limine)

Susan B., v. City of Chicago

1983 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11437

Nov. 22, 1983

Nov. 22, 1983

Order/Opinion

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Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 13, 1983

Closing Date: Nov. 22, 1983

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Female subjected to a strip search.

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City of Chicago (Chicago), City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Unreasonable search and seizure

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

General:

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run