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CDOC Agrees to Pay $10,000 to Settle Suit Alleging Unlawful Search of a Home

On April 16, 2009, the California Department of Corrections (CDOC) agreed to pay $10,000 to a woman after CDOC staff unlawfully entered her home.

Rita Baldwin sued the CDOC after undercover CDOC agents entered her home without a warrant or consent in search of an escapee. Baldwin alleged that the agents’ actions violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. No evidence of wrongdoing was discovered in Baldwin’s home. Local police later told Baldwin that the agents had come to her home by mistake. Baldwin alleged that she suffered emotional distress and humiliation from the incident.

Baldwin was represented by John Burris of Oakland, California. See: Baldwin v. Dangerfield, C06-02467 (N.D. Cal. 2009).

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Baldwin v. Dangerfield