Courts and the Constitution: Stop-and-Frisk and Abortion Restrictions

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Yesterday brought two major legal decisions with big implications in two states.

In Texas, a Federal Appeals Court reversed a ruling by a federal judge made just three days prior that would block key components of the state's new restrictive abortion law. The Federal Appeals Court reinstated those measures, which include requiring a doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.

In New York City, a Federal Appeals Court halted a major decision from August that had deemed stop-and-frisk practices by New York City Police unconstitutional and in violation in the 4th and 14th Amendments. The new ruling means a delay for the monitor appointed to oversee stop-and-frisk reforms.

Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for The New Yorker, discusses these rulings.