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The comment I replied to disputed the general notion that courts need to be able to compel behavior.

From a quick search, it appears that a trial in the US cannot begin without the defendant present, although it may proceed if they leave afterwards depending on circumstances.

I don't think that's true: they have something called "trial in absentia". It doesn't happen often though.

I’m aware. The fact that there’s a name for it doesn’t mean it’s allowed in the US. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_in_absentia

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