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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.

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