More Lee County strip-search lawsuits settled

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Four more federal lawsuits were settled this week against Lee County alleging illegal strip searches.
U.S. District Chief Judge Michael P. Mills dismissed the cases filed by Lana Gardner of Guntown and Tina Hamilton, Sandra Elliott, and Vielinda Baker on behalf of Stacia Thomas, all of Tupelo.
The lawsuits, part of 28 first filed in October 2007, claimed officials at the Lee County Jail subjected the plaintiffs to strip searches when they had been arrested on minor offenses. Lee County denied the procedure was not warranted.
All but about two of the 28 lawsuits have been settled by attorney Michael Cooke of Iuka. He declined to comment on the action.
Baker filed for Thomas because she was a minor.