NEW YORK — A federal appellate court on Thursday granted a stay in the landmark police stop-and-frisk ruling in New York City, and removed the trial judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, from the case.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that Scheindlin “ran afoul” of the judiciary’s code of conduct by compromising the “appearance of partiality surrounding this litigation.” The panel criticized how she had steered the lawsuit to her courtroom when it was filed in early 2008.
The ruling effectively puts off a battery of changes that Scheindlin, of U.S. District Court in Manhattan, had ordered for the Police Department. Those changes include postponing the operations of the monitor who was given the task to oversee reforms to the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices, which Scheindlin found to violate the Fourth and 14th amendments of the Constitution. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.