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Shira Scheindlin, judge removed from NYC stop-and-frisk case, still has supporters

Ian Weinstein in Daily News, November 03, 2013

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Booted off the stop-and-frisk trial and battered by critics who said she had it in for the NYPD, Judge Shira Scheindlin still has a couple of supporters.

“It’s a shocking decision and shockingly wrong,” Monroe Freedman, a professor of legal ethics at Hofstra Law School, told the Daily News. “She is one of the most intelligent and conscientious judges on the bench.”

The bombshell appeals court ruling blocked implementation of Scheindlin’s stop-and-frisk reforms and yanked her from the case. Scheindlin had ruled in August that the controversial police tactic was carried out in an unconstitutional manner.

A 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel denounced Scheindlin for suggesting civil rights lawyers — hoping in 2007 to sanction the city based on an old case — bring a new lawsuit.

“She could have been more careful,” said Ian Weinstein, a professor at Fordham Law School, who was surprised the court reacted so strongly.

“There were attacks against her that were unfair and that were uncalled for,” Freedman said. “She was perfectly justified in responding to them.”