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Video: Marshal Shoots Utah Defendant Who Rushed Witness, Feds Say

A U.S. marshal shot a defendant in a Utah federal courtroom Monday morning after the defendant rushed at a witness as his trial began. Read Full Story Here.

April 21, 2014

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Lt @ 4/21/2014 4:29 PM

I wasn't there so I don't know how the entire incident went down, but just wondering if the pos was restrained by hands and feet. If not, why not? I've had some judges order the defendant unrestrained.

TACDOC @ 4/21/2014 4:46 PM

I like the new order....."rapid justice" at a discounted price. Nice work USM.

KevCopAZ @ 4/21/2014 6:03 PM

I agree with Lt. I bet you that the liberal Judge does not want defendants restrained in "MY" court room, so this is a direct result of that kinda of head in A__ Judge rules that cost lives. I hope other judges kern from this, IF this was the case and that Judge refuses restraints, then she is directly responsible for this incident and is lucky nobody other then the defendant was harmed. I have seen this in our courts over the years, secretly hoping to have the judge as the victim IF it happens and no innocent person. THAT would be the way these non street wise, unsafe and liberal judges would learn.

James @ 4/22/2014 6:00 AM

This is a quote from the media, and many are saying the same thing He was unrestrained.
"Angilau was shot in the chest and died at a hospital, the FBI said in a news release. Under standard procedures, Angilau was not restrained in the courtroom, the FBI said."

Wait this isn't Grandma in court on a barking dog incident it is a insane Crip gang member.

Charlie @ 4/22/2014 8:44 AM

See ya sh*t stain!

Sgt. Mike @ 4/22/2014 12:22 PM

Come on guys. For a bunch of people that don’t like being bashed for doing your job, you sure are bashing the Judge for doing his job.

You guys, having decades of experience in courtroom proceedings and jurisprudence and knowing that since this was a trial and not just a regular law and motion day, status hearing or arraignment, the Judge MUST provide (to the best of his or her ability) a non-bias trial environment.

Generally speaking the only time restraints are used at trial in the US is “when the judge finds the restraint to be reasonably necessary to maintain order, prevent the defendant's escape, or provide for the safety of persons.” This said, it carries a high risk of miss trial and/ or the awarding of a new trial upon appeal. And still the defendant has recourse if the Judge orders it.

NO Judge in the US would allow for restraints in a jury trial if he/she has any choice in the matter. This is not a liberal issue; it’s a fair trial issue.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD(RET) @ 4/22/2014 1:03 PM

Prisoners should always be handcuffed for their safety and everyone elses, how hard is that we tell them that when we even detain them. Judges please wake up. Good job Marshal you did what had to be done to protect the witness and maybe even the judge.

Old enough @ 4/24/2014 11:03 AM

Sgt. Mike hit the nail on the head. No one in there right mind would have someone restrained in a jury trial. How could you figure that wouldn't bias the jury? It would lead to an immediate mistrial if the suspect was seen by the jury in handcuffs.

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