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Supreme Court Rejects Review in Shackled-Defendant Appeal

April 19, 2021, 1:39 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case of a Georgia death row inmate who was forced to stand shackled in front of the jury and reenact the crime using a toy gun supplied by the prosecutor while the prosecutor played the role of the victim.

In rejecting review of Frederick Whatley’s appeal on Monday, over dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the justices passed on scrutinizing an appeals court ruling that his lawyers said was “wrong on an issue of profound significance.”

The justices’ failure to resolve a split in the appeals courts “leads to unacceptably divergent outcomes...

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