Last month, the Bloomberg filed a request with federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin, asking her to delay the effects of her recent court decision against stop-and-frisk until the city filed its appeal. This week, Scheindlin denied that request. “Ordering a stay now would send precisely the wrong signal,” she wrote yesterday. “It would essentially confirm that the past practices, resulting in hundreds of thousands of stops — overwhelmingly of minorities — that resulted in little or no enforcement action or seizure of contraband were justified and based on constitutional police practices.” “Stay” is the legal term for the delaying of court proceedings.
That means that, at least until the city files an appeal, Scheindlin’s orders, for a court-appointed monitor to oversee the NYPD and lapel cameras for cops in high stop-and-frisk precincts, will go forward. For what it’s worth, Scheindlin seems confident her ruling will be upheld. “The city made no convincing showing of a likelihood of success on appeal,” she wrote in her decision on the stay request.