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Nalley, Robert C., Honorable



  • Existence: September 18, 1943-

Robert C. Nalley was a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court for Charles County in Maryland. He first served as a judge on this court briefly in 1980. Nalley then served from September 30, 1988, until his retirement on September 17, 2013. From 1995 until August of 2009, Nalley served as the administrative judge for the court. Nalley received his undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in 1965 and his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1969.

In August 2009, Nalley resigned his post as administrative judge amid news coverage of him deflating the tires of a car parked in a restricted area near the courthouse. Nalley told reporters that he was deflating the tire because leaving notes on illegally parked cars had not been effective. In July 2010, the Maryland Court of Appeals suspended Nalley without pay for five days for his action.

On July 23, 2014, Nalley, who was presiding over cases as a retired judge, allegedly ordered a defendant to be shocked during trial. The defendant, Delvon Louis King, had been outfitted with an electrical shocking device on his leg and was speaking in court on his own behalf. Nalley allegedly ordered King to stop speaking, but when King continued, Nalley then ordered a court officer to administer the shock. According to court transcripts, the shock caused King to scream out in pain. On September 5, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals ordered Nalley removed from the bench, effective September 12, 2014. The court's decision stemmed from the removal request submitted by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.