State v. Daniels (2002)

In State v. Daniels, 2002 UT 2, 40 P.3d 611, the Court concluded that holding the trial at the prison did not constitute a violation of the defendant's constitutional rights to a fair trial or to the presumption of innocence, because "trying an inmate in a prison courtroom for a violent crime alleged to have been committed inside a prison by a person incarcerated for a previous conviction does not per se present an unacceptable risk of bringing into play impermissible factors which might erode the presumption of innocence." Nevertheless, the Court concluded that "a case-by-case evaluation is necessary" to make the determination whether to hold a trial in a prison. Id.