Judge orders noisy convict's mouth to be sealed with duct tape

Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

Fox 8 reports Franklyn Williams was silenced Tuesday (July 31) when deputies placed red tape around his mouth.

In December, Williams was convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and other charges, according to court documents.

Video shot and edited by Fox 8 shows Williams speaking in court while Judge John Russo repeatedly scolds him for talking and tells him to be quiet. He not only kept interrupting the judge, but also his own lawyer. In order to combat the chatty defendant, Russo ordered to have his mouth taped shut by six deputies.

The incident took place earlier this week, when a judge in Cleveland, Ohio, ordered Franklyn Williams, 32, to remain silent during his sentencing hearing, according to CNN affiliate WJW. "You got it?" the judge said.

"Mr Williams, I'm the judge in the matter".

After warning Williams multiple times, Judge John Russo made a decision to take action, reported Fox 8. "Don't talk. Mr. Williams, it would be very simple to gag you".

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And when he chirped up again, the judge said: "I'm going to tape it, and then I'll unzip it when I want you to talk". I don't even remember me going to a trial.

Russo later defended his order, telling Fox8 he knew Williams was "someone who liked to speak", and that he gave him more than a dozen warnings to stop talking.

Williams was sentenced to 24 years in jail for the three convictions. "Just zip it, you will get a chance to talk, I'm going to give you a chance to talk". "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he told vibe.com. "That's what I was trying to tell them", Williams said.

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

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.

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