NYCLA Letter to Staten Island Advance Editor


NYCLA Letter to Staten Island Advance Editor

Statements & Letters
Published On: Aug 21, 2013

NYCLA Letter to Staten Island Advance Editor


Barbara Moses


Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC

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New York, NY 10017

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Barbara Moses



Lewis F. Tesser


Vice President

Carol A. Sigmond



Donald M. Zolin



Stephen C. Lessard



Past President

Stewart D. Aaron


August 21, 2013


Re: Staten Island Advance, “Stop-and-Frisk Legal Fight Is Far from Over” (August 20, 2013)

Dear Editor:

Daniel Leddy should know better than to devote his column this week to a scathing attack on U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, who recently held that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies violate New Yorkers’ constitutional rights. The column utterly fails to address the merits of the decision; indeed, it never mentions the evidence submitted at trial. Instead, Leddy argues that Judge Scheindlin must be biased because she ruled against the NYPD. This kind of logic does nothing to help the public understand the issues or fairly evaluate judicial behavior.

Just three weeks ago, Leddy—himself a former judge—criticized a political candidate for accusing two Staten Island judges of bias. “It takes no courage to make baseless attacks on judges who, by ethical constraints, cannot respond to them,” he wrote, adding that “all members of the bar . . . ought to be working hard to instill public confidence in a judiciary unquestionably worthy of it.” The New York County Lawyers’ Association agrees. If only Leddy had re-read that column before writing this one!

The merits of Judge Scheindlin’s decision are properly subject to debate—and appeal. But judge-bashing has no place in such a debate. And Leddy knows it.

Barbara Moses 


New York County Lawyers’ Association

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