If you’ve ever appeared in front of a judge, especially if you’re not an attorney, it can be a little intimidating. However, one Maryland judge took things a bit too far.
Judge Robert C. Nalley, a former Charles County Circuit Court judge, pleaded guilty in February of 2016 to charges that he violated the civil rights of a criminal defendant when he ordered a deputy sheriff to physically shock the defendant, who was wearing a “stun-cuff” at the time.
On July 23, 2014, Nalley was presiding over the jury selection of Delvon King who was representing himself on gun charges. Nalley asked King whether he had any questions for the potential jurors and rather than ask a question, King began reading from a written statement, during which time he questioned the Court’s jurisdiction over him. King purported to hold a belief that he was a sovereign citizen.
Self-proclaimed sovereign citizens often adopt the position that they are accountable only to their personal interpretation of the common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the state or federal levels.
King refused an order from Nalley to stop and it was at that time that Nalley ordered King to be shocked. King was later found guilty on the criminal charges.
Nalley was sentenced today in federal court and was ordered to take anger management classes and was also given a $5,000.00 fine and a year of probation.