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$50,000 Settlement for Illegal Strip Search After Arrest at Bush Rally

Iowa’s State Appeal Board has settled a lawsuit claiming retired school teachers Alice McCabe and Christine Nelson were illegally strip searched after being arrested at a 2004 campaign stop by President Bush. The settlement of $50,000 comes in the wake of a federal jury award of $650,000 that found the women’s constitutional rights were violated.

The women were arrested at a Cedar Rapids rally in September 2004 by two state troopers. They were charged with refusing to obey reasonable security restrictions, but the charges were later dropped. The women said they were arrested because they protested the Bush administration. Source: Associated Press.

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