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United States v. Henderson

Drug defendant is shackled during pretrial hearings because that’s what Central District of Illinois court security thinks is safest—as a blanket rule, for every detained defendant. Which means chained wrists, chained ankles, and a chain between them. The defendant, on interlocutory appeal: The judge can’t do this without deciding that I, specifically, am dangerous. Seventh Circuit: Meh. Come back after you’re convicted. Dissent: This indignity diminishes the courts. And how is he going to get effective review later?


Tags: 2019, Firearms, Mandamus, Seventh Circuit

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