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Judge says she didn't comment inappropriately on NY police stop-and-frisk case

  • FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers walk through the Brownsville Houses the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers walk through the Brownsville Houses the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Friday, May 17, 2013, file photo, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin is interviewed in her federal court chambers, in New York. On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a New York federal appeals court has blocked Scheindlin’s order requiring changes to New York City’s stop-and-frisk program and removed her from the case. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    FILE- In this Friday, May 17, 2013, file photo, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin is interviewed in her federal court chambers, in New York. On Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, a New York federal appeals court has blocked Scheindlin’s order requiring changes to New York City’s stop-and-frisk program and removed her from the case. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)  (The Associated Press)

A judge who ordered changes to the New York City police stop-and-frisk program and was removed from the case says she didn't comment on it inappropriately.

Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER'-uh SHIND'-lin) says quotes from her written opinions gave the appearance she had commented on the case in interviews. She says a careful reading of each interview will reveal no such comments were made.

A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the judge's order requiring changes to the police department's stop-and-frisk program. It said interviews she gave called her impartiality into question.

The judge ruled in August police discriminated against minorities in stopping and questioning people because of reasonable suspicions crimes were about to occur or had occurred. She ordered major changes.

Supporters say the changes will end unfair practices. The city and other opponents say the changes won't reduce crime.