For NY lawyer, a 45-year-old surveillance case is her legacy

Barbara Handschu is synonymous in New York City with the police guidelines about handling surveillance activities that bear her name.

And that's fine with the 73-year-old Manhattan lawyer who is no longer the lightning rod that led the FBI decades ago to build a 2-inch-thick file on her. Now, she marvels at the courage of young Muslim women who worry about surveillance like she once did.

Handschu became a household name in police circles when she became the lead plaintiff in a 1971 lawsuit challenging illegal surveillance of police activities. The lawsuit led to a consent decree and a continuing federal court case destined to live on long after Handschu is gone.