Judge orders noisy convict's mouth to be sealed with duct tape

Marsha Scott
August 5, 2018

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 was sentenced to prison for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and misuse of credit cards, according to the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Court's online records.

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

The judge noted that the court stenographer would not be able to keep up with the hearing if Williams continued to interrupt and argue over him and his attorneys.

Williams was quickly surrounded by several deputies, who ensured that he did not resist as one of them applied a piece of duct tape across his mouth.

"You're trying to take my life away, judge, and you're not letting me tell you what's going on", Williams blurted out. After Russo ordered the tape to be placed on his mouth, a deputy can be heard saying, "If you spit on, attempt to bite or injure any of my deputies, you're going to have a bad day".

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Russo sentenced Williams to 24 years in prison, Cleveland.com reported. Authorities said he cut his ankle bracelet after proceedings began.

In the video above, we see the events unfold as Williams tries to defend himself, disregarding orders to stay silent.

"That means zip it", said the judge. Over the course of 30 minutes, Williams received dozens of warnings from Judge John Russo. He complained that the judge wasn't letting him tell his side of the court.

Video filmed inside the court shows Williams speaking as Ruso repeatedly tells him to be quiet, Fox8 reports. "Zip it until I give you a chance to talk". "More importantly when I was talking", Judge Russo told Fox 8 after the trial. "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".

An appeals court sided with him and threw out the sentence, ordering a second trial.

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