Deck v. Missouri
United States Supreme Court
544 U.S. 622 (2005)
Carmen Deck (defendant) was tried for the robbery and murder of two people. During trial, Deck wore leg shackles that could not be seen by the jury. Deck was found guilty and sentenced to die. The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed the conviction but overturned the sentence. During the new penalty hearing, Deck was shackled at his legs, belly, and wrists. Deck’s attorney objected to the restraints, but was overruled. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to address whether a defendant may be shackled during the penalty proceeding of a capital trial.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)
Dissent (Thomas, J.)
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