Shackled defendant gets new trial on appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 10:31 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn a Roseburg woman's drunken driving conviction may affect whether jail inmates headed for trial in Oregon are fitted with restraints.

Sherie Wall was fitted with leg restraints hidden beneath pants or a dress in pretrial hearings. She pleaded guilty after a judge denied her request to remove the restraints.

The Court of Appeals ruled the restraints interfered with her right to a fair trial.

According to the Roseburg News-Review (bit.ly/QVo14S ), Wall said the restraints made her feel like a criminal and made it harder to communicate with her attorney.

Wall was classified as a "medium-risk inmate" by the Douglas County Jail. She had 13 previous felony convictions.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to appeal the court's ruling.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com

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