The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals has ended the long-running lawsuit of a Debevoise & Plimpton attorney who challenged the practices of the Village of Scarsdale, N.Y.’s police. The lawyer, Harry Zirlin, was apprehended at gunpoint while collecting beetles near his Scarsdale home (He is an expert on beetles and an author on the subject).
The officers were responding to a complaint from a woman who said she saw someone walking in the woods with a knife. The police confronted Zirlin and, with guns pointing at him, asked him to walk toward them. Zirlin was eventually handcuffed, but released after he explained he was using the knife to collect beetles.
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