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Due Process – Restraints on Defendant in Courtroom – Sua Sponte Duty of Court to Investigate

State v. Kevin M. Champlain, 2008 WI App 5, (AG’s) PFR filed 1/4/08
For Champlain: Martha K. Askins, SPD, Madison Appellate

Issue/Holding: Once it became aware that the jail administrator was requiring that the defendant wear an armband taser device during the jury trial, the court, “the trial court had an affirmative, sua sponte duty to inquire into the necessity for the device,” ¶32. “The judge alone controls the courtroom and alone has the authority and the duty to make a restraint decision,” ¶34.

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