Remember that horrifying case in New Mexico where a man had a forced colonoscopy because the police thought he was hiding drugs in his ass (well, one of the three case that have come out)? The victim in that case has settled a lawsuit with the local governments involved:
A New Mexico man forced by police to undergo a colonoscopy has quietly settled his legal case against officials from Hidalgo County and Deming, N.M.
KOB-TV reports that David Eckert, 64, will be paid $1.6 million by the local governments – $650,000 from Hidalgo County and $950,000 from the city of Deming – to resolve the case, which was filed in U.S. District Court in November.
Eckert’s lawsuit also named two doctors, the medical center and Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty, who helped acquire the search warrant. Those defendants have not settled.
Unfortunately, he can’t sue the judge who signed the warrant because the courts have given judges absolute immunity. The same is true of the district attorney. But I certainly hope the doctors and hospitals will have to pay up as well, and the doctors should lose their medical licenses for it. A second victim of an almost identical situation is also suing and is represented by the same law firm.