October 31, 2013
Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson discusses the opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on the recent stop and frisk decisions. She writes:
In a brief opinion, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – - – John M. Walker, Jr, José A. Cabranes, and Barrington D. Parker – - – have issued a stay of the decisions of District Judge Shira Scheindlin (pictured right) in Floyd v. City of New York and in Ligon v. City of New York. In both cases, Judge Scheindlin essentially found that the NYPD’s implementation of stop and frisk violated equal protection.
The Second Circuit not only stayed the decisions, but also remanded the cases with the order they be assigned to a different judge.
Prof. Robson is an expert on constitutional law and sexuality issues and is the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog. Her latest book is Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy From Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.