Legal Aid Chief Attorney Says City Should Focus On Compliance In Stop & Frisk Case
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013

Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, told WNYC and NPR that the City should focus on compliance with the ruling in the "stop and frisk" case that prohibits unconstitutional and racially discriminatory practices instead of pursuing an appeal with a claim of bias against Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin. "It’s unfortunuate that the City is pursuing an appeal with this extreme claim of bias rather than moving forth with compliance," Banks said.




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WNYC AM Radio New York and NPR
08/13/13 3-4 PM

Janet Babin, Host: Mayor Bloomberg says he’ll appeal a federal ruling that found Stop & Frisk unconstitutional. The Mayor says Judge Shira Scheindlin is biased against the NYPD. Steven Banks is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society—he has sued the city for Stop & Frisk violations in the past. He says it will be hard for the city to prove the judge is biased.

Steven Banks: It’s unfortunuate that the city is pursuing an appeal with this extreme claim of bias rather than moving forth with compliance.

Janet Babin: If the city appeals the ruling, it won’t be heard until long after Mayor Bloomberg’s third term expires.