Former Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert C. Nalley Sentenced for Civil Rights Violation

March 31, 2016

Ordered the Activation of a Defendant’s Stun-Cuff During Jury Selection

nalleyU.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly sentenced former Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert C. Nalley, of La Plata, Maryland, today to one year of probation for deprivation of rights under color of law for ordering a deputy sheriff to activate a stun-cuff worn by a pro se criminal defendant during a pre-trial court proceeding.  As a condition of his probation, Nalley must attend anger management classes.  Magistrate Judge Connelly also ordered Nalley to pay a fine of $5,000.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta; and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office..

“Disruptive defendants may be excluded from the courtroom and prosecuted for obstruction of justice and contempt of court, but force may not be used in the absence of danger,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

From 1988 to September 2014, Nalley served as a judge of the Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland.  According to his guilty plea, on July 23, 2014, Nalley presided over the jury selection for the victim, who was representing himself in a criminal proceeding in Charles County court.  Before the proceedings began, a deputy sheriff informed Nalley that the victim was wearing a stun-cuff.  Nalley was aware that when activated, the stun-cuff would administer an electrical shock to the victim, thereby incapacitating him and causing him pain.

Several minutes after the proceedings began, Nalley asked the victim whether he had any questions for the potential jurors.  The victim repeatedly ignored Nalley and instead read from a prepared statement, objecting to Nalley’s authority to preside over the proceedings, while standing calmly behind a table in the courtroom.  The victim did not make any aggressive movements, did not attempt to flee the courtroom, and did not pose a threat to himself or to any other person at any point during the proceedings. Nalley twice ordered the victim to stop reading his statement, but the victim continued to speak.

According to his plea agreement, Nalley then ordered the deputy sheriff to activate the stun-cuff, which administered an electric shock to the victim for approximately five seconds.  The electric shock caused the victim to fall to the ground and scream in pain.  Nalley then recessed the proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta commended the FBI for its work in the investigation, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristi N. O’Malley and Daniel C. Gardner of the District of Maryland, and Trial Attorney Mary J. Hahn of the Civil Rights Division, who prosecuted the case.

52 Responses to Former Charles County Circuit Court Judge Robert C. Nalley Sentenced for Civil Rights Violation

  1. WaldorfIsAGhetto on March 31, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Did anyone really think he would be “actually” punished? You are talking about Nalley. The heart of the good ole boy network within the Charles County Court system.

    • Christie on March 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Yeah, because he has so much pull with the feds.

    • Vanessa on March 31, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      exactly

  2. Big Dookie on March 31, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    That’s it? Corrupt judge gets a year of probation, brother man puffing a little reefer gets life? racist

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Yes, because all the people caught with a little weed around here are in prison for life. I hope you detected the sarcasm because I was laying it on pretty thick. Have any of you seen the sentences they are handing out these days? What he did was simple assault and most people don’t even receive probation for that. He didn’t get any different sentence than you or I would have gotten for our first offense so get over yourself.

      • Me on April 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm

        He gave me 60 days for moving a bike 60 feet on my first adult offense. Try again.

        • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

          Give us the case number. You are full of it.

        • Keepin It Real on April 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm

          You got 60 days for more than that. Now go ahead and tell the rest of the story that you purposely left out.

        • Anonymous on April 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

          There is more to your story so you try again. Was it your bike, were you stealing it? What was the value of the bike? You do know that theft is different than assault. Plus how long ago was that? I have not seen a first offender with anything more then suspended time in a while. Most sentences are handed out as a punishment and on the likelihood that the offender will break the law again. I don’t see this guy assaulting anyone anymore now that he lost his position of authority.

        • Steamin' Pile on April 4, 2016 at 7:36 am

          It wasn’t your bike. You had no intent to return it. You were engaged in other criminal activity for which you were either not charged or convicted. You had a juvenile record. You were apprehended after “moving” the bike 60 feet, or you would have kept going, sold the stolen bike, and never looked back.

          • karl on April 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm

            Nalley is something that fell out of a toilet.
            At least the Maryland Court of Appeals rescinded Nalley’s ability to hear cases several months after the incident.

      • Cher on April 6, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        This wasn’t the judges first offense. The judge got 3 days without pay when a sheriff caught him flattening the tires of a woman who parked in his parking space.

    • Christie on March 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Please name one “brother man” who is serving life for puffing reefer. I’ll wait.

      • Truth cannon on April 4, 2016 at 8:58 pm

        — A man sentenced to life in prison without parole on a marijuana-related charge walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars.Mizanskey was the only Missouri inmate serving such a sentence for a nonviolent marijuana-related offense when Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon agreed in May to commute his sentence. Nixon’s action allowed Mizanskey to argue for his freedom.

        Heres one

        • Big Dookie on April 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

          BOOM!

        • Anonymous on April 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

          Here’s what you left out of that story, probably by accident, so I will help you out. This is from his child: “Dad’s first offense was in 1984 when he sold an ounce to an undercover informant, and then was found to possess a half pound of marijuana when police raided his house the next day. His next offense occurred in 1991, when he was caught in possession of a couple of ounces. But for my father’s final strike in 1993, he became an easy fall guy in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana. My dad was driving a friend to a deal that turned out to be a sting operation. All of the other convicted men involved were set free years ago, but my dad was given a virtual death sentence.” So the dude sells marijuana, is in possession of a pound and then conspires to sell it yet again. He is a dumbass that can’t learn from his mistakes. Nice try though cupcake.

          • Anonymous on April 5, 2016 at 3:52 pm

            Boom!

          • Anonymous on April 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

            3 time loser is why he was sentenced. Apparently learning from his mistakes is not his strong point.

          • Kevin on April 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

            Right. “Three time loser” = the legislation of an arbitrary circumstance which allows a life sentence for minor, nonviolent offenses.

        • Anonymous on April 6, 2016 at 8:45 am

          In all fairness, his sentence was commuted. So he’s not serving life. Lol

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Calling BS! That guy was a lot of things but no way was he corrupt. Check yourself. He did what probably all of you light weight sissies would have done, a man was being unruly in his court and he dealt with it. Remember it wasn’t even his trial, he took the hearing as a favor to another judge. Go be a troll on Facebook!

      • Truth cannon on April 4, 2016 at 9:03 pm

        Unruly? If you mean calmly reading a statement. Thats not unruly, my God the judge ordered him assaulted and the clerk did it! You could not order me to break the law theres nothing you could say to me to make me hurt an innocent man,NOTHING! He should have told judge no air your honor I will not do that, how are you defending this judge huh? He should be thrown off the bench, power mad.

        • Anonymous on April 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

          He was thrown off the bench.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      When someone say they want to represent themselves and proceeds to IGNORE the judge repeatedly, he’s not just an innocent bystander who did nothing wrong. That being said, I don’t think he should have done that but that doesn’t make him “corrupt” he should have held him in contempt and put him in jail.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        This was not his first offence, he has been charge before with other things he has done. Check how many times he has been in the paper over the past 5 years.

        • Cher on April 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

          very true. This judge has anger issues… His past says it all.

  3. Christine Webb on March 31, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Not enough.

  4. Harleyflh on March 31, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    When is it a crime for a judge to ask a question and be Ignored by a criminal ? HES A CRIMINAL ! maybe they will learn to respect the law and not be in court but that’s Charles County lets let them all plea bargain cant wait till the shoes on the other foot

    • Me on April 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      If he’s still on trial he’s not a criminal, he’s innocent until proven guilty, so in this case since the trial was still going he was SUPPOSED to be considered an innocent man. Only anybody who ever went through the CC criminal system for any reason knows that never actually happens.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        Check case search. Pretty sure he’s a criminal.

    • Truth cannon on April 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Unruly? If you mean calmly reading a statement. Thats not unruly, my God the judge ordered him assaulted and the clerk did it! You could not order me to break the law theres nothing you could say to me to make me hurt an innocent man,NOTHING! He should have told judge no air your honor I will not do that, how are you defending this judge huh? He should be thrown off the bench, power mad.
      And this IS AMERICA HE IS NOT A CRIMINAL..HE HAD NOT BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF ANYTHING AT THAT POINT

  5. Stop&Think on March 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What about the police office that shocked the defendant? He shocked the non-violent defendant simply because this judge told him to? If the judge had told him to shoot the defendant, would he? Does this police officer have any control or responsibility over his own actions?

  6. Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Victim? The only victim in this case is the taxpayers who will end up paying that turd Delvon King a handsome settlement. That guy was scourge of Charles County. He got exactly what he wanted. But the good news is he will probably squander his big payday and depart this world in some form of overdose.

    • Anonymous on April 3, 2016 at 10:39 am

      AMEN

  7. e on March 31, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    He’s a scumbag. Watch. He’s not done being in the news yet. He’ll treat someone poorly because he thinks he’s entitled to do so. Charles County is a big joke.

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      He was removed from the bench genius.

  8. mam on March 31, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Will that good old boy network in the Charles County Court system will live forever and you all even have some good old boys on the Civil Right Division.When you all know that( judge nalley) should been sentence just as any other law breaker after all it wasn’t his first act in violation of the law. the punishment he receive was just like giving candy to a child and let them eat as much as they wont. Will so much for the Charles County Justice System. Oh by way his name is not worthy of capital letter.

  9. the eve of April Fools Day on March 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    This will probably make the front page of the Independent. This O’Malley girl, is that her single or married name? Why is it a problem that he did this and yet his sentences are unmentioned? Were any of his sentences excessive, what about them? Would a defendant rather have to deal with this or an excessive sentence? Of course it can be read into the appeals process that the judge might not get it right. Of course it can be read into the appeals process that some judges are appointed for frivolous reasons and that the Commission on Judicial Disabilities in effective at dealing with some complaints.
    Who is the recipient of the fine? Its unlikely he can pay it to charity. Does it go to the Judicial retirement fund? Hmmm do police have a vested interest in writing traffic tickets because they will end up seeing 10% of it returned? What happens to these criminal justice fines, where do they go?

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Huh?

      • Keepin It Real on April 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        This is a view into the mind of crazy.

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      What is this jibberish?

  10. Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    And the race card come out by the biggest Racist on here.

  11. concert tickets/ traffic tickets on March 31, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Was this announced at a press conference where all of them, of course except for the female, were wearing suits and ties? Judge Nalley probably had a clerk and a Secretary, so why is he getting all the attention? Good question: do the police and SAs tell their kids not to talk to the police and SA if they’ve been accused of or are under suspicion for a crime? Instead of calling it a fine, why not say what it is, make a 5,000 donation/ contribution to the _________________ fund?

  12. Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    That’s that BS.

  13. Anonymous on March 31, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    This guy ruined my life back in 2006 for a petty pot charge…..and now I am a felon for life……smh not only did he do this but he also slashed tires @ the court house

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      He ruined your life? No, you ruined your life. Stop blaming others for your poor decisions. Moron.

  14. Keith on April 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

    One year probation..for ordering a bailiff to use a stun gun on a defendant thereby assaulting him,violating his basic human rights,and an incredible abuse of power that was entrusted to him by the citizens of Charles Co……just because the defendant was getting on his nerves….
    He certainly was shown more mercy than he has shown to people that have received sentences by him over the years.
    And I just love how the internal investigation that was conducted by Charles Co. surprisingly (ha!)came to the conclusion that he did nothing wrong (wow,there’s a surprise )It doesn’t take a lawyer to see quite clearly that he violated the law on many different levels…the good ol boy network at its finest
    And this comes on the heels of him breaking the law a few years prior…for anyone who doesn’t know , he was found guilty (and received ANOTHER slap on the hand)when videotape conclusively proofed that he flattened the tires on a ladysingle car that parked in “HIS spot)
    I can guarantee you that if someone came in front of him for the same nonsense,he would mash them….
    I only have one question…is this miserable old fart still on the bench after his latest breaking of the law…because he was still on the bench after he flattened the lady’s tires

    • Keepin It Real on April 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

      So with all that being said, what’s our next course of action?

  15. Tuscan002 on April 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I was told he zapped the victim several times……………

    • christie on April 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      You’d be wrong. The video is on youtube. See for yourself.

  16. up yours on April 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    scum bag

  17. Bootsie on April 12, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Nalley driving drunk in Laplata and was involved in accident! I should mention too! Wow! I know people are human but not setting a good example! He Should not be a JUDGE!!!