A judge who ended the crime-fighting tool of stop-and-frisk in New York City is leaving the bench for private practice.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin announced the move in an email sent Wednesday to judges in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, she says she’ll join a large New York City law firm and concentrate on resolving disputes, including matters requiring an arbitrator and mediator.
Scheindlin ruled in 2013 that the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk policy discriminated against minorities and ordered changes. It was later overturned as “biased” by a midlevel court. However, when Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014 he ended the lawsuit and changed how the practice was done.