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.
- 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.