Modest jury award to woman for "aggressive" apartment search
Kia Maxwell sued several Secret Service officers after she and her sister were hand-cuffed during a search of her apartment. The officers had seen her boyfriend enter, and concomitantly with his arrest, they performed a "protective" search without a warrant. Maxwell, who was pregnant, claimed that she was not allowed to use the bath room and ultimately urinated on herself. The officers seized various items of property and $9600.00. Maxwell sued, claiming a violation of her constitutional rights. The jury awarded her $2,000.00 against one agent and $1,000.00 against two others. She sought to overturn the verdict but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.