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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Ninth Circuit Mass Shackling Case

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Ninth Circuit Mass Shackling Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the constitutionality of the mass shackling of defendants in court proceedings . More specifically, after the U.S. Marshals requested that most defendants be brought to court in handcuffs and leg shackles, the Ninth Circuit ruled that mass shackling, as opposed to shackling defendants on a case-by-case basis, violated the defendants’ Fifth Amendment right to be free from unwarranted restraints. In Tucson and Yuma, Arizona, the federal government’s policy of mass shackling was utilized in “Operation Streamline,” which is a fast-track proceeding that immigration authorities use to prosecute up to 75 immigrants per day who have cross the U.S. border without authorization. Prior to the Ninth Circuit’s decision, all immigrants brought to court were shackled, even if they were in wheelchairs, walking with a cane, or pregnant. The restraints often were so tight that they caused cuts on immigrants’ arms and legs, and it was not uncommon to see immigrants trip and fall to the floor due to their limited range of motion. While many of these immigrants cross the border in an attempt to seek humanitarian refuge, certain Border Patrol sectors, including those sectors nearest to Tucson and Yuma, have implemented “zero-tolerance” policies that indiscriminately prosecute anyone who crosses the border without authorization to do so. Given the current focus of the federal government on immigration enforcement, there may come a time in the near future when you need help with various legal matters, including representation in deportation proceedings. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.

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