For Immediate Release
Stop-and-Frisk Attorneys Challenge Appellate Court’s Removal of District Judge in Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit
Removal of Scheindlin “Unprecedented and Unwarranted”
WASHINGTON - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Beldock Levine & Hoffman and Covington & Burling asked the entire Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider an October 31, 2013 decision by a three-judge Second Circuit panel to remove District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin from Floyd v. City of New York, their federal class action challenge to the NYPD’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices. In ruling on the City’s request to stay the remedial process ordered in Floyd, the appellate panel took the extraordinary step of reassigning the case to another judge, though the City had never made such a request.
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