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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Court of Appeals Stays Ruling in NY "Stop and Frisk" Case

Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay in the "stop and frisk" case against New York City.   Ligon v. City of New York.  In its ruling, the Court of Appeals criticized the district court judge and removed her from the case, finding an "appearance of partiality surrounding the litigation." The ruling also criticized the district court judge for granting media interviews and for making public statements while the case was pending before her.

Judge Scheindlin (the district court judge) had previously ruled that the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactics violated the rights of minorities in the city.  The Second Circuit did not address the substance of Judge Scheindlin’s decision, instead remanding the case to be assigned to a new judge and to enforce the stay of Judge Scheindlin's previous ruling.


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