Maryland Judge Robert Nalley ordered officer to shock defendant in court
Maryland Circuit Court Judge Robert C. Nalley — who in 2009 deflated the tire of a Toyota parked outside the Charles County courthouse – recently ordered a court security officer to administer an electrical shock to a defendant inside his courtroom.
On Nalley’s order, the Charles County Sheriff’s Department officer pushed a button that administered an electric shock to Delvon L. King, 25, of Waldorf. King, who is not a lawyer, represented himself against gun charges.
The incident occurred July 23 during jury selection, but apparently before any potential jurors were brought into the courtroom.
In the moments before Nalley ordered King to be shocked, the defendant did not threaten Nalley or anyone else, according to the court transcript. King did not make any threatening physical moves toward Nalley or anyone else, and did not attempt to flee, according to the defendant and his parents, Alexander and Doris King who were in the courtroom and witnessed the attack.
Nalley did not warn King in the moments before he ordered the officer to shock King, the transcript obtained by Baltimore Post-Examiner shows. The defendant was trying to cite a court case, and Nalley cut him off.
“Stop,” Nalley said, according to the transcript.
“… principles of common right and common reason are …” King said.
“Mr. Sheriff … ” Nalley said
“… null and void,” King continued.
“…do it,” Nalley ordered. “Use it.”
On Nalley’s order, a uniformed Charles County Sheriff’s Department officer pressed a button, which released a charge from an electronic device authorities had attached to King’s right leg. King crumpled to the ground in agony.
originally posted by: Domo1
WTF is right. Yeah some people should be taken out of the courtroom and charged with contempt, but shocking them into submission at trial is something I wouldn't have imagined. I feel like this is a joke or hoax or something.
Early in their exchange, King asked Nalley for his “Superior Court GA 15 Certified Delegation of Authority Order.” -
originally posted by: Domo1
Here's Some More Reading About The Devices In Question.
I can almost understand the need if you have someone with a violent history in courtrooms that gets completely out of control, but as a way to just shut someone up? No. I also think leg shackles and handcuffs would do just fine. If someone is making that big of an ass out of themselves then yes, they should be shackled.
There is no need to LET these people get to the point where they need to be shocked. Either shackle them up or trust them not to flip out.
Article points out that there is no way to be sure that these things are used appropriately. Inmates can be made to wear them when visiting with their lawyer, during transport etc.
It took a few seconds before anyone realized what was going on. Elsewhere in the courtroom, a deputy had accidentally grazed the remote control, triggering Weaver's belt. Lieutenant Michael Ryan of the Broward County Sheriff's Department does not believe the shock device was fully activated. "If it was," he says, "he would have went down in a heartbeat."