Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Lawsuit challenges county jail's invasive checks for sex diseases

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
by ABDON M. PALLASCH Legal Affairs Reporter

A judge sent Lawrence Thompson to Cook County Jail for refusing to sign documents in his heated divorce three years ago.

He was outraged when he got there and learned every detainee was expected to submit to an invasive check for sexual diseases.

U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly described the procedure in the opinion he handed down Tuesday: "A urethral swabbing test which involved the insertion of a metal rod with a swab on the end into his penis."

County officials say the test is voluntary and anyone can opt out.

But Thompson said he was not given any choice. He was ordered to unzip by a man smoking a cigarette who identified himself as the "d--- doctor" who warned Thompson and the other admittees, "You don't want to piss off the d--- doctor," the opinion states.

Thompson found the procedure a painful control tactic by jail officials and filed suit in federal court.

The county asked the judge to throw out the case but Kennelly ruled against the county Tuesday and said the case can proceed.

Dr. John Raba, director of health services at the jail, said the screening is lauded by health officials and appreciated by most detainees.

"There is absolutely no intimidation," Raba said. "Do all men want to have it done? No. Are they allowed to refuse? Yes."

Kennelly, in his opinion, found the program less organized, with some jail personnel not knowing how long it took to get the results.

"Supt. [Daniel] Brown was unaware of any inmate who has ever been treated for a venereal disease based on the results of the screening," Kennelly wrote.

Thompson denies signing the consent form, but if he did, that would not let the jail off the hook, Kennelly wrote.

"The consent form merely advises that the detainee will be screened for sexually transmitted diseases. It says nothing about the testing procedures or bodily intrusions involved," he wrote.



Recent Headlines

Transit shake-up not on fast track, key lawmaker says
Monday, April 21, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle names new Cook County CIO
Monday, April 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle taps McHenry tech company boss as county's CIO
Monday, April 21, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County loses billions in tax dollars to collar counties
Friday, April 18, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Recorder blasted for hiring; says ethics law doesn't apply to her
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Friends and family hiring plan
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Earth Day Approaching, President Preckwinkle Highlights Cook County’s Sustainability Accomplishments and Programs
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Special to suffredin.org

Two former Board of Review employees get prison time
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

County announces 2013 No Cash Bid Program results
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Special to suffredin.org

Orr: TIF reform worth $44M annually at no cost to taxpayers
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Special to suffredin.org

Property tax relief granted because of O'Hare noise
Monday, April 14, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

What is Cook County Health's interim thinking?
Monday, April 14, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

New Metra policy will log all calls intended to influence hiring
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Metra moves to clean up its mess, but lots more needed
Friday, April 11, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

That scandal at Metra? Nothing to it
Friday, April 11, 2014
Chicago Tribune

President Preckwinkle plans pension cuts
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Getting Metra on the right track
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County's Alvarez says most in Cook Jail have violent pasts
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
WBEZ

Cook County passes suburban puppy mill ban
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook Co. to settle sex harassment suit involving highway workers
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP