Monday, October 19, 2009

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision that police checkpoints in a troubled Washington neighborhood were unconstitutional.

The city had asked for a hearing before the entire court after a three-judge panel struck down the operation in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast.

Last year, D.C. police stopped cars in the area, refusing to let in motorists who couldn’t prove they lived in the area or didn’t reveal their destinations. A civil liberties group sued on behalf of three drivers.

It’s unclear whether the city intends to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. A city spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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