Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert Nalley has lost his judgeship in response to the media attention he received for ordering a defendant who identified himself as a sovereign citizen to be electronically shocked into compliance. The judge asked a deputy to deliver a five-second jolt of electricity to defendant Delvon King to get him to behave more amicably in the courtroom.
Sgt. Patti Garino, an investigator with the sheriff’s office, wrote in a report that King was being disruptive, “refusing to allow the judge to speak and non-responsive to his questions.” As King and the judge continued to talk over one another, according to witnesses, the judge looked toward officer Charles P. Deehan and told him to activate the stun device.
“Mr. Sheriff, do it,” Nalley said to the deputy. The judge was certainly aware the electric shock would be painful:
Deehan fumbled with the device’s remote control, hitting a switch twice and failing to activate it. Nalley described to Garino seeing King grimace in anticipation of the shock.
Deehan had cleared chairs from the area and when Deehan finally delivered the shock, King fell to the ground, witnesses told Garino. At that point, the transcript reads: “DEFENDANT SCREAMS.”
The Court of Appeals order banning Nalley, which went into effect last Friday, made no mention of the shock incident but said “good cause” had been found to withdraw Nalley’s authority to sit on the bench, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Charles County sheriff’s office also released its report on the incident, which found no wrongdoing between Nalley or the officer who shocked the defendant.