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Sides v. Cherry, 08-1982

In a former inmate's 42 U.S.C. section 1983 suit against various prison officials, jury verdict in favor of the defendants is affirmed where: 1) requiring a party in a civil trial to appear in shackles may well deprive him of due process unless the restraints are necessary; and 2) even if the district court erred in ordering that defendant be shackled during trial, that error was harmless.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/10/2009
  • Decided 06/22/2010
  • Published 06/22/2010


  • Before AMBRO, GARTH, and ROTH, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Thomas L. Kirsch II, Esquire (Argued), Kristin Palmer, Esquire, Brandon Swider, Esquire, Chicago, IL, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Kemal A. Mericli (Argued), Senior Deputy Attorney General, Appellate Litigation Section, Office of Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA, for Appellees.
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