/ Modified oct 4, 2017 2:47 p.m.

Sen. Flake Wants Supreme Court to Hear Courtroom Shackling Case

At issue is a ruling over the shackling of large groups of pretrial detainees in court.

U.S. Supreme Court D.C. (PHOTO: Library of Congress)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to convince the justices to hear an appeal.

At issue is a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said law enforcement cannot shackle large groups of pretrial detainees in court.

Flake worries that means more officers will be needed to ensure courtroom safety, he said.

“This means U.S. marshals and sheriffs will be spending their days in courthouses instead of pursuing violent fugitives or preventing street crimes,” Flake said on the floor of the Senate.

The senator from Arizona also said the change in procedure will hinder programs like Operation Streamline.

The program processes large numbers of people in one hearing. All of the people put in that program are accused of crossing the border illegally.

Flake’s briefing has the backing of all 15 Arizona sheriffs.

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