Judge orders man's mouth to be taped shut during sentencing

Judge orders man's mouth to be taped shut during sentencing

Judge orders man's mouth to be taped shut during sentencing

On Tuesday, judge ordered the tape put over the mouth because he was frustrated Williams kept talking during sentencing. However, one piece of red tape proved ineffective and, after Williams continued to try and speak, the judge instructed deputies to place another piece of tape over his mouth.

The convicted felon previously attempted to evade his trial when he cut off his ankle bracelet during house arrest and fled to Nebraska.

"Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter".

'Mr Williams, I am the judge in the matter. "Zip it until I give you a chance to talk". "I'm going to tape it, and then I'll unzip it when I want you to talk".

Cuyahoga County judge orders deputies to cover convicted robber's mouth shut during sentencing because of multiple outbursts.

Williams said he wanted to explain to Russo that he'd sustained a head injury, which he said caused him to lose all memory of the trial.


Russo defended his decision to tape Williams's mouth shut, saying that he meant to maintain control over his court.

"The comment "quit talking" do you understand that?"

Williams continues to talk, and Russo orders for Williams' mouth to be taped shut, according to the video. "I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial". "This judge should be disbarred", said a third commenter. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he told vibe.com. He added that it was perfectly legal for a sheriff's deputy to gag a defendant. 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).

Some on social media weren't so sure, and said they felt it was wrong.

Franklyn Williams, 32, appeared in court for sentencing after being convicted of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft.

But he won an appeal, and retrial, after the court accepted he had been misinformed about when he would be eligible for release if he admitted the offenses.

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