Unpublished Dispositionhoward Gribbons, Ronnie Whitmore and Tee Jay Pennington,plaintiffs-appellants, v. Dewey Sowders, Warden, Northpoint Training Center; Phillipw. Parker Deputy Warden of Security at Northpoint;et al., Defendants-appellees, 827 F.2d 769 (6th Cir. 1987)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 827 F.2d 769 (6th Cir. 1987) August 26, 1987

Before KEITH, Circuit Judge, JOHN W. PECK, Senior Circuit Judge, and DOWD* , District Judge.


Plaintiff-appellants appeal an order of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, denying them partial summary judgment and granting summary judgment to the defendants. Plaintiffs, presently inmates at the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin, Kentucky, claim that their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments were violated by a body cavity search undertaken by defendants, all of whom are prison system employees. The district court, in a memorandum opinion, dismissed the prisoners' claims, finding that the reason for the search--reports of illicit drug traffic in the prison facility--justified the prison employees' actions.

Without expressing any view on the validity of the search, we VACATE the district court order and REMAND the case for consideration of the plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment claim in light of Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520 (1978) and for further consideration of their Fourteenth Amendment claim.


Honorable David D. Dowd, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, sitting by designation