Security Finding Required Before Use Of Stun Belt at Trial

, New York Law Journal

A judge must put a finding of specific security concerns on the record when ordering a defendant to wear a "stun belt" in court, even though the restraining device is not visible to the jury, the state Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. Judges also gave Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo a victory in his office's investigation of the "life settlement" providers and brokers who deal in the purchases of life insurance policies from living people for investment purposes. And they ruled invalid a New York City police officer's inventory search of a vehicle that included a look through the contents of the car's trunk.

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