A hold placed on a federal judge's ruling that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk initiative is unconstitutional could be lifted, pending the outcome of next week's mayoral election in New York City.

Yesterday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Judge Shira A. Scheindlin's ruling that the policy discriminated against minorities would be placed on hold following a city appeal. However, Democratic candidate Dill de Blasio has stated he will drop the hold on the decision if elected. At the moment, de Blasio is leading opponent Joe Lhota by 39 points. 

Furthermore, the panelwhich consisted of three judgesremoved Scheindlin from the case, claiming that she violated the U.S. judge's code of conduct by erroneously applying a ruling from a related case. They also said that her decision to give media interviews during the trial was an additional violation. 

Sceindlin says that she only consented to interviews under the stipulation that she would not offer comment on the ongoing case, a promise that she says she upheld. 

[via ABC News]

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