Former Will County jail inmates were subjected to strip searches for offenses as little as misdemeanors or failures to appear in court on traffic charges. Kenneth Flaxman is the attorney responsible for filing the suit against the county back in 2003. In December of 2005 the county appealed a federal court ruling that declared the strip searches that occurred both at the time of incarceration, as well as upon release, a violation of the defendant’s civil rights. But on Wednesday Sept. 20, 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall gave preliminary approval to a settlement of $2.15 million.
The settlement is pending a Nov. 17 “fairness hearing.” Kevin Clancy, the attorney who defended Will County, believes the settlement will not hold. In the event that it does, each eligible inmate could receive more than $400.

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