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Lawsuit targets strip searches of women at Wayne County jail

DETROIT (AP) — A federal lawsuit says female inmates at the Wayne County Jail were forced to remove their clothes in front of male inmates and guards as well as other jail employees.

The lawsuit this week on behalf of women who were inmates in recent months says the searches were unconstitutional and alleges the women were subjected to crude remarks. Their lawyer Michael Dezsi says hundreds of women have been subjected to similar searches at the jail.

The lawsuit says the searches were done when inmates were taken to court hearings or for medical examinations. Dezsi says he has documented complaints from female inmates dating back to 2009.

The Wayne County sheriff's office says the allegations in the lawsuit are under investigation.


Judge: Use of GPS data in robbery case unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ruled that Chicago-area police violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches by accessing weeks of GPS data indicating a suspect’s car had been outside a jewelry store when it was robbed.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman granted a motion by defendant Tobias Diggs to bar the location data compiled by Hinsdale police from his upcoming trial.

Prosecutors had cited a Supreme Court ruling that people don’t have a legitimate expectation of privacy when they voluntarily provide data to a third party.

But Feinerman said that doesn’t apply to weeks of minute-by-minute location information kept by wireless carriers.


Judge weighs request to toss lawsuits over church attack

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge says he’ll rule soon on whether to dismiss claims filed in several lawsuits against the U.S. Air Force in connection with a 2017 massacre at a Texas church that killed more than two dozen people.

Relatives of those killed or injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs sued, arguing that the federal government was negligent by failing to report gunman Devin Kelley’s criminal information to a national database used to conduct background checks of gun buyers.

The Express-News reports lawyers for the Justice Department argue federal employees should be shielded from the lawsuits.

A government report said the Air Force failed six times to report information that could have prevented Kelley, a former airman, from buying a gun.


Bird lays eggs on fake turf, displacing soccer teams for now

TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — A little birdie has displaced soccer players in New Jersey.

The Record reports that a killdeer laid its eggs recently on a patch of synthetic grass near the south goal in Teaneck's Votee Park.

Public works employees cordoned off the nest with cones and yellow tape. It could take one to two months for the eggs to hatch and the chicks to leave the nest.

Soccer teams are using alternative fields for the time being.

Killdeer are not a threatened species but are protected under the American Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Canadian Migratory Birds Convention Act.

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