Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

05 August, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo ordered bailiffs to tape Franklyn Williams&rsquo mouth shut during his sentencing hearing

And that's when deputies taped Williams' mouth shut on the orders of Judge John Russo, who was frustrated that Williams kept talking during sentencing, despite receiving multiple warnings to be quiet. Before Russo could deliver his decision, Williams reportedly refused to stop talking.

A OH judge ordered a prisoner's mouth be taped shut in court because the defendant wouldn't stop talking.

Williams replies, "But you're not letting me tell you what's going on".

Video of the incident shows him held down in his seat as an officer applies a thick piece of red duct tape over his mouth. He'd have been thrown into lockup while the judge would have been able to administer his verdict (Williams was sentenced to 24 years in prison).

It didn't get any better for Williams.

Fox News said the judge, from Cuyahoga County, Ohio, had been determined to maintain decorum in his court. Over the course of 30 minutes, Williams received dozens of warnings from Judge John Russo. "More importantly when I was talking", Judge Russo told Fox 8 after the trial.

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"Everybody has the opportunity to make a record with my court reporter but we can't do it at the same time, we can't do it yelling over each other. I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial".

The 32-year-old complained about authorities removing his possessions from his cell, and only meeting his attorney "the other day" - complaints Judge Russo said were raised at the wrong time.

Russo proceeds to tell Williams that he would like to hear from the defendant's attorneys first and then will give him a chance to speak, but Williams continues to talk.

"Zip it until I give you a chance to talk", the judge said.

Some have queried whether gagging the defendant was allowed in court, but Russo claims it was completely legal for him to gag the defendant and found previous cases to support his actions.

Here though, there were no attempts to remove Williams from the court and instead a gag was enforced.

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