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Judge orders Rock Hill, woman alleging illegal search to settle claims

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the city of Rock Hill and a woman who alleges city police subjected her to an illegal strip search to try to settle the case.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports the case, resulting from a December, 2012 incident, has been moved from state court to federal court.

Angela Ruth Doctor alleges she was illegally subjected to the search during a traffic stop in the suit that seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages.

Attorney David Morrison, who represents the city, says a search was conducted but didn’t happen the way the lawsuit alleges. He adds the city stands by the actions of its officers.

Morrison didn’t discuss the details because of the pending lawsuit. But he says the facts will be presented in court.

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