Bloomberg Attack On Stop-And-Frisk Judge Riles Some Attys

Law360, New York (August 14, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT) -- An accusation of bias leveled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg against the judge who ruled against the city's "stop-and-frisk" tactics has divided legal experts, with some saying his comments undermine confidence in the courts and others calling them mild compared to previous instances of Empire State judge-bashing.

Their comments came Wednesday after the billionaire mayor, following U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin's Monday ruling in Manhattan that city police had conducted hundreds of thousands of stops that violated the constitutional rights of blacks and Hispanics, called out the judge personally.

Bloomberg said Judge Scheindlin essentially freelanced a sweeping, racially based...

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