The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear arguments in the United States v. Sanchez-Gomez case, which is looking at whether defendants should have to wear physical restraints, including shackles, when they appear in court.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the practice violated a defendants' right that he or she be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the use of shackles would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
However, the ruling was later contradicted in two other appeals courts.
Fifteen sheriffs from the state of Arizona, as well as Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., responded with an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the circuit court's ruling on the grounds that the practice is a long-standing courtroom practice. The case originated in San Diego, Calif.
The Supreme Court announcement was one of seven cases the court said it take up this term.