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Case of inmate shackled during labor sent to jury


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The case of a pregnant Nashville inmate who was shackled during labor is going back to district court to be heard by a jury.

In April 2011, U.S. District Judge William Haynes ruled in favor of Juana Villegas without a jury trial. He found that the Davidson County Sheriff's Office violated Villegas' constitutional rights by showing indifference to her medical needs.

The judge's ruling - called a summary judgment - can only be granted in cases where the facts are not in dispute.

On Monday, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that summary judgment was inappropriate.

Although the court stated that shackling an inmate during labor "offends contemporary standards of human decency," it said there were disputed facts that should be decided by a jury.

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