WASHINGTON — A New York-based district judge, Shira Scheindlin, has been removed from a high-profile court case between the city of New York and plaintiffs.
Reuters reported that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removed Scheindlin for her series of interviews this past May, where she said federal judges are too cautious in being creative and independent.
The court case is where the New York City Police Department had its “stop-and-frisk” program stopped after Scheindlin ruled against it. The tactic involved police officers, if seeing someone suspicious, would stop them and frisk them for safety reasons. She ordered the program stopped and appointed a federal monitor to oversee the reforms to the policy.
But, her interviews compromised her objectivity and led to her removal from the case. No formal discipline is expected.