While reading about the trial of Hans Reiser I came across this peculiar sentence:
On Monday, July 7, 2008, Reiser led police to Nina's shallow grave in the Oakland Hills. Reiser's attorney, William Du Bois, who was handcuffed to Reiser and accompanied by a heavy police guard to the site, said that the remains were found buried on the side of a hill […]
(Originally reported by SFGate)
I find this very strange for multiple reasons:
- The attorney is not legally responsible for the defendant's safety or security.
- The attorney is free to leave at any time.
- The attorney is not required to be armed and can not be expected to defend himself from a violent defendant
- …nor can he be expected to physically restrain the defendant if necessary.
- If the heavy police guard has to intervene, having an innocent civilian chained to the target must make their job much more difficult in case the defendant has to be subdued by force.
Why and when would this be standard practice, and who would order that? Is it something that the Judge would order, or would the attorney himself have to suggest it?†
† Unfortunately we can not ask him personally since, while researching the question, I found that he recently passed away.