BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Actress Lindsay Lohan surrenders at the Beverly Hills Courthouse to serve her 90 day jail sentence on July 20, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. Lindsay Lohan was found in violation of her probation for the August 2007 no-contest plea to drug and alcohol charges stemming from two separate traffic accidents. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lindsay Lohan
Attorney Colleen Flynn said she is seeking to determine whether Lohan was subjected to a strip or visual body cavity search in a bus parking lot outside the Lynwood jail like its other inmates.
If Lohan was not subject to such a search, it would bolster a claim in the federal suit that such searches are not necessary for security reasons, Flynn said.
Flynn said she filed the ex parte motion because Lohan will no longer be reachable by a process server following her expected release from the jail next week for violating her probation in two driving under the influence cases.
The lawsuit against Sheriff Lee Baca claims the strip searches violate the inmates' Fourth Amendment guarantee against unlawful searches.
Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's department spokesman, said he wondered why Lohan was the target of the action among the about 60,000 women booked into the Los Angeles County jail system each year.
"On the surface of it, it seems like exploitation,'' Whitmore told the City News Service.
Whitmore declined to discuss the substance of the suit, citing department policy against discussing litigation.