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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.
Robert C. Nalley, 72, of La Plata, Maryland, was sentenced last 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.
Maryland’s highest court also banned Nalley from the bench for life.
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. When King failed to listen to him, Nalley ordered him to be shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity. The defendant fell and screamed after being shocked.
“It felt like fire went through my back,” King said outside the courthouse last week after Nalley’s sentencing.
Nalley acknowledged the stun cuff’s use was “unreasonable under the circumstances.” He can no longer hear cases in the state.