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$7 Million Settlement Reached in Illegal Strip Search Class Action

This is a settlement for the Civil / Human Rights lawsuit.

Kern County, CA: A $7 million settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against the Kern County's Sheriff's Department over allegations that county jail inmates were strip searched in front of a group.

The public strip searches allegedly took place before inmates were released from jail, in view of deputees of the opposite sex.

County counsel and lawyers for three lead plaintiffs agreed on the settlement Wednesday in federal court that will give each plaintiff $30,000, the attorneys more than $2 million, and potentially more than 10,000 former, eligible inmates a small slice of $4 million, Kern County officials said.

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Published on Feb-25-11


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