The judge presiding over one of the most politically charged cases in recent New York City history says her 20 years on the bench have taught her to "appreciate more than ever the words ‘judicial independence.’"

Shira Scheindlin, in a recent interview during the nine-week bench trial over the constitutionality of the New York City Police Department’s anti-crime stop, question and frisk policies, said there are too many judges who don’t want to take chances and deliver controversial rulings.

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