In a stunning act of judicial activism, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit halted a sweeping set of changes to the New York Police Department’s practice of stopping and frisking people on the street, and, in strikingly personal terms, criticized the trial judge’s conduct and removed her from the case.
Having found violations of the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) and Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection), Shira A. Scheindlin, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, had ordered the appointment of a federal panel to monitor the NYPD, among other reforms.
The three activist judges are:
John M. Walker Jr, — appointed by G.H.W. Bush
José A. Cabranes — appointed by Bill Clinton
Barrington D. Parker — appointed by G.W. Bush
The case is Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.