The county appears to have settled the lawsuit of a woman who said she was wrongly placed on suicide precautions and strip-searched at the Stark County Jail.
Hope Steffey’s case gained notoriety after video of sheriff’s deputies forcibly removing her clothing was televised in early 2008.
Now, it’s close to being over, at least as the county, Sheriff Timothy A. Swanson and his deputies are concerned.
In an order dated Friday, U.S. District Court Judge David D. Dowd Jr. wrote that the county defendants and the plaintiffs had entered a resolution of the case “reserving only a determination by the Court as to the amount of attorney fees and costs.
“As a consequence, the plaintiff’s case against the county defendants has been concluded,” the judge wrote.
The order doesn’t detail terms of the settlement.
David B. Malik, an attorney for Steffey, and James A. Cl
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