Civil Procedure Keyed to Cound
Estelle v. Williams
The Respondent, Williams (the “Respondent”), was convicted in state court for assault with intent to commit murder with malice. The Respondent went back to an apartment complex he used to live in and got into an altercation with his ex-landlord. The Respondent eventually stabbed the landlord. The Respondent could not post bond and he was held in custody while awaiting trial. After he learned he was to go on trial, the Respondent asked an officer for his civilian clothes. This request was denied. As such, the Respondent appeared at trial with prison issued clothing. No objection was raised at trial The Respondent was found guilty and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction. The Respondent then sought release in the United States District Court on a petition for a writ of habeus corpus. The District Court held that it was harmless error to force plaintiff to wear prison issued clothing. The Fifth Circuit found it was not harmless error.
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