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Rod J. Rosenstein

Former Charles Co. judge pleads guilty to ordering nonviolent defendant stunned

Former Charles Co. judge pleads guilty to ordering nonviolent defendant stunned

A former Charles County Circuit Court judge pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he ordered a stun-cuff to be used on a defendant who was not acting violently or attempting to flee the courtroom in 2014.

Judge Robert C. Nalley, of La Plata, pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law.

Nalley was presiding over the jury selection of defendant Delvon King who was representing himself on gun charges on July 23, 2014, and he asked King whether he had any questions for the potential jurors.

Instead of asking a question, King — standing calmly behind a table in the courtroom — began reading from a written statement and refused Nalley's repeated...

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