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Stop-And-Frisk Ruling Stopped, Frisked

We talked earlier this week about the New York Judge’s controversial ruling overturning suspending the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. Yesterday, a panel of federal judges overturned Judge Scheindlin’s ruling, and, stunningly, took her off the case, saying she had shown improper bias. Excerpt:

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, “ran afoul” of the judiciary’s code of conduct by compromising the “appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation.” The panel criticized how she had steered the lawsuit to her courtroom when it was filed nearly six years ago.

The ruling effectively puts off a battery of changes that Judge Scheindlin, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, had ordered for the Police Department. It postpones the operations of the monitor who was asked to oversee reforms of the stop-and-frisk practices, which Judge Scheindlin had said violated the constitutional rights of minorities.

In its ruling, the federal appeals panel said it takes no stance on the merits of the case against the city’s stop-and-frisk policy, but is only saying that Judge Scheindlin’s conduct in handling the case seriously compromised the possibility of a fair hearing. The whole thing will start over, with a new judge.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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