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 is set to be sentenced.
Robert C. Nalley of La Plata, Maryland, awaits a scheduled sentencing Thursday in federal court.
Nalley faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a fine up to $100,000. But according to a plea agreement, prosecutors and Nalley’s lawyer will recommend one year’s probation.
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. Documents say the defendant fell and screamed after being shocked.
Nalley acknowledged the stun cuff’s use was “unreasonable under the circumstances.”