An Ohio judge reportedly ordered a man's mouth to be taped shut on Tuesday during his sentencing after he continued to speak despite repeated warnings to stop talking.
According to the Daily Mail, Williams spoke over the judge and ignored multiple warnings to remain quiet.
The drama began when Williams complained about only meeting his defence attorney recently, and having his cellphone taken from his cell, Fox 8 reported. The six deputies surrounded the suspect while one applied the tape, but the defendant continued to speak.
A judge ordered tape to be placed over the mouth of a defendant - and it was.
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Franklyn Williams, 32, was standing trial in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court when the judge lost patience with his interruptions.
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. When he was finally quiet, the judge sentenced him to 24 years in prison.
"At this point I am going to hear from your lawyers, and that means zip it", the judge says as Williams continues to talk back.
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. "You got it?" the judge said.
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"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter".
After warning Williams multiple times, Judge John Russo chose to take action, reported Fox 8. "I'm going to tape it, and I'll unzip it when I want you to talk". "I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial".
"My intent was never to silence Mr Williams, I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time". But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other.
Some on social media weren't so sure, and said they felt it was wrong. He was granted an appeal after a court found he was misinformed about when he would be eligible for release.
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Here though, there were no attempts to remove Williams from the court and instead a gag was enforced.