Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut for sentencing

OH judge John Russo ordered deputies to shut the mouth of defendant Franklyn Williams after the convicted robber refused to stay quiet.

According to the Daily Mail, Williams spoke over the judge and ignored multiple warnings to remain quiet.

Russo told Fox 8 he gave the defendant plenty of warnings and that he had to gag Williams because the court reporter could not keep up with the crosstalk.

Six deputies stood around Williams as one applied the tape, then another piece as Williams continued trying to talk. Deputies ended up wrapping red duct tape around his mouth.

Judge Russo told the accused, who was dressed in an orange suit and was sitting next to his lawyer: "I'm going to hear from your lawyers and that means zip it".

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.


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

Williams probably deserved to go to jail - his list of criminal actions is very long, and he even tried to feign amnesia to get out of going to prison.

"Mr Williams, I'm the judge in the matter". Judge John Russo sentenced for armed robberies and more. "You'll get a chance to talk. More importantly when I was talking", said Judge Russo.

"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", Jude Russo warns.

Russo said in court that he had a right to order the gag placed on Williams. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he said. "I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time", Russo says. The armed robber was granted an appeal after it was found that Williams was misinformed about the details of his first prison sentence. The court continued with his trial without him.


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