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Summary Judgment in Strip Search and Cavity Search Civil Rights Case

Attorney Sara Mills-Flood recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in a case involving claims of First Amendment retaliation and Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment invasion of privacy. The plaintiff alleged that on two separate occasions while incarcerated at a county jail, corrections officers subjected her to unconstitutional strip searches based on the jail's suspicions about inmate drug use. She further argued that a cavity search violated her Fourth Amendment rights and that officers retaliated against her by placing her in segregation in violation of her First Amendment rights. We argued that the officers' actions were reasonable and justified and that any protected First Amendment activity was not the reason the plaintiff was moved to segregation. The court agreed and granted our motion, dismissing claims on their merits.

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