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Name: Packer v. Hill
Case #: 00-57051
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 01/15/2002
Subsequent History: None

Petitioner’s due process rights were violated when the court ordered him to wear a leg brace during trial. There were no persuasive reasons presented for why restraints were necessary. However, the error was harmless because there was no prejudice demonstrated. No jurors recalled seeing the leg brace, and there was no support for petitioner’s claim that the leg brace interfered with his defense.