Professor Steven Zeidman’s Letter to the Editor about the recent federal ruling that the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk policy is unconstitutional was published in the New York Times. His letter responds to an August 13th article examining the ruling by Judge Shira Scheindlin. “A designated monitor and a handful of body-worn cameras are too limited to do much by way of reforming the habits of almost 35,000 police officers,” writes Zeidman. “Unless and until the Criminal Court takes seriously its role as overseer of the police and enforcer of constitutional rights, any remedy fashioned in federal court is doomed to fail.”
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.