A Maryland judge, Robert Nalley, was sued for $5 million by a former courtroom defendant for ordering a deputy to electronically shock him.
What happened: three years ago, the defendant, Delvon King, was was representing himself (acting as his own attorney) on a weapons charge. He had an ankle-bound “stun cuffs” that could be remotely activated.
During the courtroom proceedings — the judge orders Delvon to stop talking. He wouldn’t stop. So the judge told the deputy, “Mr. Sheriff do it, use it.”
The video shows the deputy pulling away a chair and activating the stun cuff. It has a 5-second burst — a 50,000 volt charge that will send electricity “dancing” on the skin.
The man screamed in pain and the judge called for a five-minute break and walked away to his chambers, leaving the man writhing on the floor.
Now Delvon is suing the judge — who has since been disrobed — saying the judge ordered the deputy to torture and electrocute him — violating his civil rights. Delvon is demanding a jury trial.
The stun cuffs is available for sale to law enforcement and prisons on www.stun-cuff.com and it costs around $1,750 for a cuff. The transmitter has a 100-yard range. The website has reviews by deputies and sheriffs who say they are very impressed with the product and that judges have requested its use to keep safety in the courtroom.
This lawsuit might make it explicit that judges can’t order its use if the defendant won’t stop talking.
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