An Ohio judge ordered a convicted criminal’s mouth taped shut last week during his sentencing in court after he ignored multiple warnings from the judge to “zip it” and not interrupt others in the courtroom.
Judge John Russo ordered 32-year-old Franklyn Williams’ mouth to be taped shut last Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, where he was sentenced to 24 years in prison after being “convicted on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability,” FOX 8 reported.
“I will say knowing Mr. Williams due to my handling of his four cases, Mr. Williams was someone who liked to speak. To speak and interrupt,” Russo told FOX 8. “When lawyers were talking, witnesses were talking. More importantly when I was talking.”
Russo gave Williams more than a dozen warnings in the span of 30 minutes before he gave the order.
“Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter,” Russo said. “But we can’t do it at the same time or yelling over each other. My intent was never to silence Mr. Williams.”
“I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time,” Russo continued. “More than not, he continued to speak over me and others in the courtroom.”