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US Appeals Court dismisses challenge to ruling that ends NYPD's 'stop and frisk'

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2013 | 11:46 AM

NEW YORK, November 24, CMC – A United States federal appeals court has denied New York City’s bid to vacate Judge Shira Scheindlin’s stop-and-frisk ruling against the New York Police Department (NYPD) that affects Caribbean immigrants and other minorities.

The court has also rejected the judge’s bid to personally defend her decision.

In a five-page decision handed down on Friday, the judges found there was no reason to vacate Scheindlin’s finding in the legal fight over the NYPD procedure.

The three-member panel all but ended the Michael Bloomberg administration’s ability to legally challenge the ruling. The judges didn’t expand on the reasoning for its terse ruling.

In a stunning ruling three weeks ago, the appeals court blocked reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies, while kicking Justice Scheindlin off the case. The judges queried Scheindlin’s impartiality in the case.

Friday’s decision also reaffirmed the ruling denying Scheindlin a chance to address the court directly and defend herself.