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Court Lets U.S. Marshals in L.A. Use Shackles

September 16, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Marshals Service in Los Angeles may automatically shackle detained defendants' legs when they make their initial court appearance.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling on a lawsuit brought by 18 defendants, said the marshals could shackle individual defendants during their initial court appearance to protect those inside and outside the courtroom.

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