Defendant's Shackling In the Presence of the Jury Consequences
In Sireci v. Moore, 825 So. 2d 882 (Fla. 2002), in holding that appellate counsel was not ineffective for failing to argue on direct appeal that the defendant's shackling in the presence of the jury violated the defendant's constitutional rights, this Court noted that there is nothing in the record that leads us to conclude that the jury ever saw Mr. Sireci in restraints.
Indeed, the trial court here made every effort to keep the petitioner's restraints from being viewed by the jury by placing tables in front of his seat. . . . the longstanding principle that trial judges must have discretion to properly manage their courtrooms, in combination with a complete absence of evidence indicating any prejudice to the petitioner, requires this Court to deem this argument without merit. Id. at 888.