Judge who ordered defendant to be shocked in courtroom, hit with $5k fine and probation

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland judge who pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his courtroom will have to take anger-management classes as part of his sentence.

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Robert C. Nalley of La Plata, Maryland, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to the classes along with a $5,000 fine and a year on probation. Under a plea agreement, both prosecutors and Nalley’s lawyer had recommended one year’s probation.

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Under the agreement, Nalley acknowledged that while presiding over a criminal trial in 2014, he ordered a deputy sheriff to activate a “stun-cuff” a defendant was wearing around his ankle. Documents say the defendant fell and screamed after being shocked.

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Nalley acknowledged the stun cuff’s use was “unreasonable under the circumstances.” He can no longer hear cases in the state.

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