August 29, 2013
In an article for the New York Law Journal, Professor Steven Zeidman discusses the role of the New York City Criminal Court in the wake of the stop and frisk ruling in Floyd v. City of New York. “It is true that the overwhelming majority of stops-and-frisks do not yield an arrest or even a summons, and as a result, no case for the Criminal Court to evaluate,” writes Zeidman. “Nevertheless, there are about 1,000 arrests each day in New York City and those cases present ample opportunities for Criminal Court judges to analyze police behavior on a regular and sustained basis.”
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.