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Appeals Court Halts Anti-Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

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In a wrenching setback for opponents of the New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk Parajumpers Jacka Billigt policy, a federal appellate court has a trial judge’s order that the NYPD make widespread changes to that program and has removed her from the case, claiming that Cheap Burberry Cashmere Scarf she failed to maintain the appearance of impartiality required of a judge.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said that Judge Schira Scheindlin, who that stop-and-frisk violates the Fourth Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures, “ran afoul of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.” In particular, the Second Circuit took issue with Scheindlin making public statements about the case and also with a comment she made to plaintiffs in an earlier stop-and-frisk case that “if you got proof of inappropriate racial profiling in a good constitutional case, why don’t you bring a lawsuit?”

The ruling is a victory for the Bloomberg Administration, which has expanded the stop-and-frisk program during its time in office. On the other hand, the city will elect a new mayor in less than a week, and Democrat Bill de Blasio, who , has been an outspoken critic of the current stop-and-frisk program. Opponents of the policy now to the man they hope and expect will be the city’s next mayor to rein in stop-and-frisk once and for all.

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