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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:21 PM
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Higher award for Bush protesters
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 07:33 PM by Omaha Steve
Source: Omaha World Herald-AP


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered damages to be increased for two Iowa women who were strip-searched after being arrested for protesting at a rally for President George Bush in 2004.

Alice McCabe and Christine Nelson were arrested during the event in Cedar Rapids and taken to the Linn County jail where they were strip-searched and subjected to body cavity searches, court records show.

They filed lawsuits against the female jailer who conducted the searches, claiming their constitutional rights had been violated. The case went to trial and a jury awarded them $750,000 in damages $500,000 for Nelson and $250,000 for McCabe.

U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade threw out the damages, ruling they were excessive. Reade offered the women a combined $75,000 but they rejected the offer and opted for a second trial instead.

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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:28 PM
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1. k/r
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:09 PM
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2. The Seventh Amendment

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

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Proletariatprincess Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:51 PM
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3. Judges, like cops, are above the law...
and the constitution, it seems.
The US justice system has become a joke.
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ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 05:45 AM
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4. Imagine if this happened under Obama or at a Townhall screamfest...
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