2009-05-14 / Local & State

Partygoers Reach Strip-Search Settlement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Partygoers strip-searched after authorities broke up a party on an undeveloped island in the Susquehanna River have settled a federal class-action lawsuit against a Pennsylvania county.

An attorney for the plaintiffs says the $2.16 million settlement applies to about 9,000 people who were strip-searched at the Dauphin County Prison while being held on minor charges.

Attorney Alan Ross says the lawsuit was prompted by the arrest of about 50 people following a 2007 Labor Day party. Police broke it up after a man drowned trying to swim to the island.

Pennsylvania residents were released and mailed citations but some out-of-state attendees ended up in the county prison.

Three people sued the county over the subsequent searches. A fourth plaintiff had been jailed over parking tickets.

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