Judge orders inmate's mouth taped shut in courtroom

Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

Ohio judge orders chatty defendant's mouth taped for sentencing

An armed robber was too talkative for a judge's liking during a sentencing hearing - so he ordered the robber's mouth taped shut. Williams reportedly even interrupted his own attorneys.

When the outbursts continued, Russo ordered officers to use tape to close Williams' mouth for the rest of the hearing.

Williams continues to talk, and Russo orders for Williams' mouth to be taped shut, according to the video.

"You're trying to take my life away, judge, and you're not letting me tell you what's going on", Williams blurted out.

A black man was forced to have his mouth taped over because the judge presiding over his court case wanted to stop him from talking.

Williams had previously been sentenced to 14 years for the crimes after pleading guilty, but won an appeal when a jury found he had been misinformed about his possible early release date.

Six sheriff's deputies walk up to Williams and as Williams tries to get up, one of the officers is shown forcing him back down.

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Fox News said the judge, from Cuyahoga County, Ohio, had been determined to maintain decorum in his court.

Image: Judge John Russo said the move was necessary to maintain decorum. "I'm going to tape it, and I'll unzip it when I want you to talk".

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?"

In the 1970 case IL v. Allen, the justices unanimously decided that defendants do not have an absolute right to even be present at their trial, let alone speak at it.

"I will say knowing Mr. Williams due to my handling of his four cases, Mr. Williams was someone who liked to speak". He ultimately sentenced the man to 24 years in prison. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he told vibe.com.

Some on social media weren't so sure, and said they felt it was wrong. The court continued with his trial without him.

In any other circumstance, Williams would be held in contempt of court.

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