In a surprise ruling earlier this evening, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit temporarily blocked an earlier federal ruling that would have curtailed the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
As federal courts move to decide whether to intervene on the Congressional redistricting process, the last ditch legal efforts on behalf of Albany’s legislative leaders to dismiss the lawsuit was rejected by a three judge panel this evening. The move allows the courts to draw their own Congressional map if the State Legislature cannot draw lines in time for the June 26th primary.
“The motions to dismiss the complaint filed by defendants Roman Hedges, Welquis R. Lopez, John J. McEneny, Michael F. Nozzolio, Sheldon Silver, Dean G. Skelos, Brian M. Kolb, and Robert Oaks are hereby DENIED. A written opinion will follow in due course,” they ruled.
The judges also placed the eventual decision on a legal fast track.