Judge orders chatty convict's mouth taped shut during sentencing

Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

A frustrated OH judge ordered police officers to gag the mouth of a convicted man with tape after warning him 12 times, to no avail, to stop interrupting.

Ultimately, Williams was sentenced to 24 years in prison, after being convicted late last year of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards, and having weapons under a disability.

However, during the hearing, Williams reportedly would not stop talking, ignoring over a dozen warnings from the judge over a period of 30 minutes. But Williams refused quiet down, so the judge ordered that tape be placed over his mouth so the sentencing could proceed. He had previously been sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty, but later won an appeal because he had been misinformed about when he would be eligible for early release from prison.

During his trial, he allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet and slipped away to Nebraska before being rearrested, the site reported.

In the video above, we see the events unfold as Williams tries to defend himself, disregarding orders to stay silent.

Fox News said the judge, from Cuyahoga County, Ohio, had been determined to maintain decorum in his court. Judge John Russo was trying to sentence Franklyn Williams, 32. He complained that the judge wasn't letting him tell his side of the court.




Williams said he's angry his lawyer didn't do more to speak up for him.

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

"Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter. He's gagging me, putting tape over my mouth at this moment", Franklyn Williams said in court Tuesday. "I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial".

"He would have his time, as I did, I gave him an opportunity to speak when it was an appropriate time", Judge Russo said. The court continued with his trial without him.

Williams, 32, was being sentenced for armed robbery at the time and talked nearly continuously during the hearing.

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