One of the most controversial cases of the last year in New York City has been the litigation surrounding the former Bloomberg Administration's stop and frisk policy. As the case progressed through the appeals process, it became clear that the outcome would be dependent on politics, and not the judicial system. As of last week, there may be a political end in sight.
There have also been developments surrounding the heartbreaking school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Read on as we take a look at the new legal outcomes.
New York Stop and Frisk Policy
Last Thursday, new Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio flied paperwork to drop the stop and frisk appeal, as he promised during his election campaign, reports New York Magazine. According to the filed agreement, a court monitor will be appointed for a three-year term. If the district court accepts this agreement, the appeal will be dropped by the de Blasio administration.
In a statement, Mayor de Blasio stated: "It's a defining moment for millions of our families, especially those with young men of color. And it will lay the foundation for not only keeping us the safest big city in America, but making us safer still." He added, "This will be one city, where everyone's rights are respected, and where police and community stand together to confront violence."
Connecticut Gun Law Upheld
Four months after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, Connecticut lawmakers signed a state gun control law that banned a range of assault weapons, and the sale of high-capacity magazines, reports the ABA Journal. Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello upheld the law in the face of Second Amendment challenges, holding that "While the act burdens the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control."
While this may be the end of an era for New York's stop and frisk policy, you can be sure that the gun lobby will be appealing the decision of District Court Judge Covello to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. We'll keep you posted on new developments.
- Second Circuit News: Stop and Frisk Arguments and More (FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit Blog)
- Stop and Frisk Order and Injunction Stayed, Judge Scheindlin Removed (FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit Blog)
- Motions Galore: Clock Is Ticking in NYC's Stop-and-Frisk Cases (FindLaw's U.S. Second Circuit Blog)