Judge announces new rules for courtroom in response to deadly jump

Robert Seman (Source: Mahoning County Jail)
Robert Seman (Source: Mahoning County Jail)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New rules effective immediately require all defendants in custody to be led to and from the holding cell into Judge Maureen Sweeney's courtroom in handcuffs.

The rules are the Mahoning County judge's answer to Robert Seman's fatal jump Monday, April 10, and voids a previous court order. That order insisted defendants not be seen by their respective juries in jail clothes and/or handcuffs and shackles so they won't look guilty.

The 48-year-old Youngstown triple murder defendant was leaving a status hearing in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court when he jumped off a fourth-floor balcony landing on the marble floors in the courtroom rotunda.

Seman was set to go on trial next week for raping 10-year-old Corinne Gump and setting a fire that killed the South Range Elementary student and her grandparents, Bill and Judy Schmidt.

According to the docket entry defendants restraints will now be removed before seen by the jury.

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