Mar 3, 2014 10:51 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of a man forced to wear a stun belt during trial.
The court Monday rejected the defendant's argument that his fear of being shocked deprived him of a fair trial.
The state high court in its 6-1 ruling concluded that even if forcing Jonathan Keith Jackson to wear the belt, it was a harmless error that didn't affect the jury's decision.
Jackson was convicted of killing Monique Cleveland during a 1996 drug robbery in Riverside County.
Unruly defendants are sometimes forced to wear the belts during trial, which can deliver a shock strong enough to knock a man to the ground. The court said Jackson was not shocked during trial and there is no evidence jurors knew he was wearing the belt.
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