Is Shackling a Defendant with Leg Restraints During Trial OK?

In the United States, a criminal defendant is presumed to be innocent. There are many safeguards in place to protect this right, one of which is a general rule (subject to exceptions) that prior convictions are inadmissible.  What about having a defendant in court in leg restraints? Does this suggest he has a criminal disposition, undercutting a presumption of innocence?  Click on the following link to read how one court evaluated this issue.

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