Copeland v. Vance

In 1958, New York banned “gravity knives,” which were used by German paratroopers in WWII and are now quite rare. But NYC officials interpret the ban to apply to any knife that can be opened with a flick of the wrist, so tens of thousands of people (many, or perhaps most, of them minorities) have been arrested in recent years for carrying common folding knives, often for work. Second Circuit: The law isn’t unconstitutionally vague. The possibility that the law is being selectively enforced is concerning, though; the other branches “may wish to give further attention” to the ban. (Gov. Cuomo vetoed reform in 2016 and 2017.) (We discussed an earlier ruling in the case on the podcast.)

Tags: 2018, Due Process, Fourteenth Amendment, Second Circuit, Vagueness

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