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$13,500 to Oregon Woman for Wrongful Arrest, Unlawful Search

by Edward B. Lyon

Eugene, Oregon, police officers entered the home of a local woman without a warrant. Following an illegal search of the residence, they reportedly discovered a small amount of marijuana and placed her under arrest when she arrived home. She was initially cited for possession, but the charges were dropped in light of the warrantless search and seizure in violation of her Fourth Amendment rights. Attorney Marianne Dugan of Eugene, Oregon, represented the victim in her subsequent civil suit against the two police officers and the Eugene Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for unlawful detention, false arrest, and unlawful search and seizure in U.S. District Court. The case was ultimately settled for $13,500.

See: Margolin v. City of Eugene, et al., U.S.D.C. (D Or), Case No. 07-6003 (2011)

 

 

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