Professor Steven Zeidman discussed with DNAinfo.com the impact of a federal judge’s recent ruling regarding stop-and-frisk. The ruling stated that the New York Police Department violated the Constitution as they engaged in a “stop-and-frisk” policy. ”When a Federal District Court judge says your program is unconstitutional, that is as direct, clear and far-reaching a statement as a judge can make,” said Zeidman. The NYPD “can’t continue it as it is,” Zeidman added. “They have to make changes.”
Zeidman is a professor and director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at CUNY Law. He advocates on behalf of indigent defendants in many venues, including as a member of the Indigent Defense Organization Oversight Committee. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Prisoners’ Legal Services and has also served on several statewide commissions, including the Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services and the Jury Project.