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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Deck v. Missouri
Citation:544 U.S. 622 (2005)
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Deck (Petitioner) robbed, shot, and killed an elderly couple in 1996. Two years later, he was tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Missouri trial court. The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the conviction but set aside the sentence. The State then held a new sentencing proceeding. At the new proceeding, Deck was shackled with leg irons, handcuffs, and a belly chain, and the court overruled Deck’s counsel’s objection to the shackles. Deck appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the visible shackles violated his constitutional rights.
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