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Posted: 9/14/2010 12:01:54 PM EDT
Almost 13,000 people who were strip-searched at Allegheny County Jail are eligible to share in a $3 million settlement of a federal class action suit.
The county and lawyers for the plaintiffs have agreed to the settlement. Both parties are expected to ask U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry to approve the agreement today.

The attorneys' share of the settlement will be no more than one-third of the amount, or $1 million. Individual plaintiffs will receive a maximum of $3,000.

The suit has resulted in a procedural change at the jail. Since March 18, 2008, people arrested on minor criminal charges are no longer strip-searched unless there is a "reasonable suspicion" that they are holding illegal drugs or other forbidden items.

New equipment has been installed at the jail that can detect traces of contraband. Positive readings on that chemical-sensing machinery can be used as evidence of "reasonable suspicion," according to county spokeswoman Megan Dardanell.

People included in the class were those who were accused of summary offenses, misdemeanors and traffic offenses and strip searched at the jail between July 13, 2004, and March 18, 2008.

While it has changed procedures, the county has admitted no wrongdoing, but has agreed to settle "in order to avoid the time, expense and inherent uncertainties of defending protracted litigation."



Read more: http://www.postgazette.com/pg/10257/1087476-455.stm#ixzz0zXIGSyZE


Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:08:52 PM EDT
3 million - 1 million lawyers fees / 13000 = 153$ per person. Don't spend it all in one place.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:10:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Desdinova721:
3 million - 1 million lawyers fees / 13000 = 153$ per person. Don't spend it all in one place.


It's good to be king.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:16:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Desdinova721:
3 million - 1 million lawyers fees / 13000 = 153$ per person. Don't spend it all in one place.


That's just the number eligible. I'd be surprised if 5,000 took the offer. Then your per price jumps to like what, $400?
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:20:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tyman:
Originally Posted By Desdinova721:
3 million - 1 million lawyers fees / 13000 = 153$ per person. Don't spend it all in one place.


That's just the number eligible. I'd be surprised if 5,000 took the offer. Then your per price jumps to like what, $400?




So, is $500 worth admitting that some dipshit cops gave you a fisting for a parking ticket?
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:22:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Another_Dude:
Originally Posted By tyman:
Originally Posted By Desdinova721:
3 million - 1 million lawyers fees / 13000 = 153$ per person. Don't spend it all in one place.


That's just the number eligible. I'd be surprised if 5,000 took the offer. Then your per price jumps to like what, $400?




So, is $500 worth admitting that some dipshit cops gave you a fisting for a parking ticket?


Shit, not to a smart Kansas boy but you never know with those Pennsylvanians!
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:33:11 PM EDT
Sounds like a crock of shit to me. Why shouldn't a secure facility be allowed to use a strip search to make sure hidden weapons, cuff keys, drugs, cell phones, etc, etc, aren't coming in? Sounds like the good guys job just got harder.

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Link Posted: 9/14/2010 12:44:46 PM EDT
This type of behavior will stop when Police Pension Funds bear the brunt of settlements-not the taxpayers.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 2:14:54 PM EDT
That machine will last until somebody sues because they got strip searched because they were sitting next to the crack head.
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