The Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported on the decision by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to settle a racial-profiling lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Dorsey partner Timothy Branson. The case involved a 62-year-old African American woman, who was stopped and searched by federal agents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2001.
Branson, who acted as pro bono co-counsel in the case, said that the $20,000 settlement was the first known case of the DEA making a payout to settle a racial profiling claim. However, the DEA did not admit to profiling as part of the settlement.
"DEA agrees to pay $20,000 to settle racial-profiling claim" was published by the Star Tribune, August 9, 2007.
"Racial profiling settlement called a first" was published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, August 9, 2007.