Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut

Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut

Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut

That's a defendant named Franklyn Williams with his mouth taped shut, which was done so at the order of Judge Russo.

Despite warnings from Judge John Russo, Williams continued to speak over the judge and his attorneys, according to the video.

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

"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter". "Just zip it, you will get a chance to talk, I'm going to give you a chance to talk".

Judge Russo issued another warning: "I want to make it real clear, if you spit on, attempt to bite, or injure any of my deputies, we're going to have a bad day".

A second piece of tape was required soon after to prevent Williams from complaining about the gag.

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Williams, 32, was being sentenced for armed robbery at the time and talked nearly continuously during the hearing. "Shut your mouth", Russo instructed Williams on Tuesday.

Later, the frustrated judge asked: "Does the comment, 'quit talking, ' do you understand that?"

Six deputies stood around Williams as one applied the red tape. "You got it?" the judge said.

During the sentencing for 32-year-old Franklyn Williams, convicted for three armed robberies, Judge John Russo ordered him to be silent multiple times.

Russo claimed his actions were legal, with a few cases supporting the notion. The Miami Herald noted the 1970 case IL v. Allen, where it was ruled that defendants do not have the right to be present at their trials. 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). "That's what I was trying to tell them", Williams said.

The ACLU of OH did not immediately respond to a request from McClatchy for comment on Williams' case. I don't even remember me going to a trial. As Williams was in contempt of court, Russo was well within his legal rights to order Williams to be gagged in the courtroom.

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