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Cantley v. West Virginia Regional Jail, 13-7655

In this case involving the visual strip-searching and delousing of two plaintiffs held in two different jails, plaintiffs challenge the constitutionality of the strip searches and delousing procedure. Summary judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed, where: 1) the officer who strip-searched plaintiff Cantley never touched him, and used a spray bottle to apply delousing solution to his body; 2) pursuant to the Supreme Court's decision in Florence, the strip search of Cantley was constitutional as he was strip-searched only after he appeared before a magistrate and was committed to the jail's general population; 3) Cantley's arrest for violating a domestic violence protection order justified searching him to ensure the safety of others in the factuality; and 4) the strip search of plaintiff Teter struck a reasonable balance between the need to provide safety and security at the facility and Teter's privacy interests.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/14/2014
  • Published 11/14/2014

Judges

  • Wilkinson

Court

  • United States Fourth Circuit

Counsel

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