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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"New York governor signs law banning 'stop and frisk' database"

Jurist has the story, quoting the governor's views:

There is a principle - which is compatible with the presumption of innocence, and is deeply ingrained in our sense of justice - that individuals wrongly accused of a crime should suffer neither stigma nor adverse consequences by virtue of an arrest or criminal accusation not resulting in conviction. ... Those accused of a crime are permitted to have their records sealed upon the dismissal of the charges. Therefore, simple justice as well as common sense suggest that those questioned by police and not even accused of a crime should not be subjected to perpetual suspicion.

New York City's mayor opposed the law.

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