New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's said the city may act within days to withdraw the pending appeal to federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling in the stop-and-frisk case, meaning that the the judge's ruling could take effect, setting up sweeping new oversight of the Police Department, reports the New York Times. It could also serve as a road map to a broad settlement of the stop-and-frisk dispute. However the new mayor handles the case, it will offer an early measure of his approach to policing and civil liberties.
When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit removed her from the case, Scheindlin took the unusual step of retaining a law professor who filed motions asserting that her rights had been violated. “It's always unfortunate when the merits of an important case get overshadowed by the personalities of the judges, and that's what happened here,” said her lawyer, Burt Neuborne. A former lawyer for the city says it was bias by Scheindlin that overshadowed the merits. “It's a shame when the personality of the judge affects the outcome of the case,” said Daniel Connolly, who represents former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Mukasey, a former U.S. attorney general, in a brief supporting the city's position.