As the New York City Police Department stop-and-frisk trial continues, there's word that the city is concerned about the federal judge assigned to the case.
City Hall sources say the city is worried that Judge Shira Scheindlin will side against the NYPD in the case looking into the controversial police tactic.
She ruled against law enforcement in three-fifths of her written opinions, higher than all federal judges in Manhattan since 1990.
The Daily News reports that the city issued an internal report on Scheindlin.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that the city leaked that report on purpose as an attempt at judicial intimidation.
"What I really take issue with is the city of New York trying to tamper with the outcome of a trial and to smear a distinguished member of the federal judiciary," said Darius Charney of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "Completely uncalled for."
The federal trial is now in its ninth week.