Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Thursday that it would not overturn Michigan’s decision to uphold the conviction of Ervine Davenport, a Kalamazoo-area man who argued he was inappropriately shackled during his trial for murder in 2008. 

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court’s conservative majority, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Liberal justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. 

Ervine Davenport was sentenced to life in prison in August 2008 after a jury convicted him of first-degree, premeditated murder in the strangling death of Annette White in Kalamazoo County.

All of the justices in the majority were nominated by Republican presidents, and all of the justices who dissented were nominated by Democratic presidents. 

Davenport, now 57, was sentenced to life without parole in August 2008 after being convicted of first-degree murder for strangling Rose White to death in 2007. He admitted to the strangling but was shackled during his trial, which was visible to the jury and is unconstitutional. 

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