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Judge approves settlement involving Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

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A Federal Judge approves a settlement in a class action lawsuit against the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.

The suit was filed in 2007 by Rosemary Ramundo and others who were strip searched in jail.  It happened between 2005 and 2007.  Raymundo was one of many who said officers violated her constitutional rights.

Although the Winnebago County State's Attorney's office says the Sheriff's Department didn't do anything wrong, the county still decided to settle.  The suit will cost the county $2.3 million.

Raymundo will get $45,000 as part of the settlement, each person considered as general jail population will get $50, while temporary detainees will get $850.

The settlement got preliminary approval by a judge in January and a fairness hearing was held at the beginning of April.  Judge Frederick Kapala recently gave final approval to the deal saying it is fair, reasonable and adequate and in the best interest of the class as a whole.

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