Judge orders convict to have mouth taped shut over interruptions

Franklyn Williams

This is the moment a judge in the United States ordered his sheriff deputies to tape a defendant's mouth shut during trial.

Video shows the judge losing his patience with the talkative convict in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Judge John Russo was presiding over a hearing in OH which saw Franklyn Williams sentenced to 24 years for aggravated robbery, theft and kidnapping.

According to Metro News, Williams continued to protest, saying: 'But you're not letting me tell you what's going on.

When Williams interjected with "That means you are not letting me tell what's going on", the judge said: "That means zip it, right now, does that make sense?"

Williams ignores the threats and carries on speaking, which is when Judge Russo orders for him to be gagged.

"It doesn't just deprive this person of the opportunity to speak before his life is taken away, it steals his dignity".

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Russo ordered six deputies to tape Williams' mouth shut - but even then Williams continued chiming in.

But Williams absconded during the December trial, cutting off the electronic tag monitor on his leg and fleeing to Nebraska from where he had to be extradited.

Eventually, the verbose convict got slapped with 24 years in prison.

"I will say knowing Mr. Williams due to my handling of his four cases, Mr. Williams was someone who liked to speak".

Williams was appearing in court at his second trial regarding armed robbery. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he told vibe.com. He pleaded guilty the first time around, and was sentenced to 14 year behind bars, but won an appeal after a court determined he received inaccurate information about his eligibility for release.

In a 1970 court case "Illinois v Allen", justices unanimously decided that defendants did not have an absolute right to be present at their own trials.

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