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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1993 | CAROL CHASTANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lawndale School District superintendent, in his most explicit remarks about the strip search of several students by two aides, has called the incident improper and has vowed a review of hiring procedures. Meanwhile, the parents of two of the students have hired a lawyer, who termed the searches inappropriate but stopped short of saying a lawsuit was forthcoming.
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OPINION
June 27, 2009
Common sense and constitutional law don't always come to the same conclusion, but the U.S. Supreme Court has done justice to both in ruling that an Arizona middle school violated the 4th Amendment by subjecting a 13-year-old girl to a strip search. With only Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting, the court has drawn a bright line that school officials will transgress at their legal peril.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1990 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard high school board members Wednesday tabled a proposal to allow school officials to conduct body searches--even modified strip searches--of students if they have reasonable suspicion that the student is harboring contraband. The policy would affect students at six schools in the Oxnard Union High School District.
NEWS
January 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tens of thousands of people who claimed they were illegally strip-searched after being arrested for minor offenses could get up to $22,500 each under a $50-million settlement from the city. The searches were conducted by jail guards over 10 months in 1996 and 1997. They were often performed on first-time offenders arrested for minor infractions such as loitering and disorderly conduct as part of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's crackdown on "quality of life" violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Pomona Police Department policy mandating strip-searches of all felony suspects is unconstitutional, a federal judge declared in a tentative ruling Monday. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson made his remarks in connection with a lawsuit by a 48-year-old woman who was strip-searched after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2008 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Schools may not strip-search students for drugs based on an unverified tip, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Overturning two other rulings, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said an assistant principal at an Arizona middle school violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old by ordering her to be strip-searched. He thought the honor student had prescription-strength ibuprofen; she did not.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2007 | Joe Mozingo and Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writers
San Bernardino County officials have agreed to pay $25.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that said jailers conducted illegal strip searches, sometimes in front of inmates and deputies of the opposite sex. As many as 160,000 inmates may have been subjected to the searches over three years, attorneys for the plaintiffs said, and each could get several hundred dollars, depending on how many apply for the award.
NEWS
November 25, 1988 | Associated Press
A jury has awarded $125,000 to a teen-ager who was strip-searched when school officials suspected her of carrying marijuana. The plaintiff in the case decided Wednesday, Kim Stevens, now 19, was a 15-year-old senior at Herbert Lehman High School in the Bronx when the search occurred in 1984. No marijuana was found on Stevens.
NEWS
May 13, 1999 | From Associated Press
The city is trying to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 60,000 people who claim they were illegally strip-searched after being arrested for minor offenses and, if previous cases are any indication, the cash payout could be staggering. The magnitude of the problem for New York became clear when a federal jury ordered it to pay more than $5 million to just one such victim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana police officer has been reinstated after a city administrative board cleared him of charges that he forced a young woman to submit to a unnecessary strip search in an abandoned substation, according to the officer's attorney. Michael Cabrera, 39, a 15-year veteran of the force until he was fired in May 1995, will regain his badge and receive back pay and benefits, according to his attorney, John Lewis.
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