Sunday 16 December 2018

Judge orders convict to have mouth taped shut over interruptions

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A JUDGE ordered a convict to have his mouth taped shut during a court hearing as he kept interrupting proceedings.

Judge John Russo was presiding over a hearing in Ohio which saw Franklyn Williams sentenced to 24 years for aggravated robbery, theft and kidnapping. 

Williams (32) interrupted around a dozen times, Sky News reports.

The judge ordered him to allow his layers to speak on his behalf and in the end directed that red duct tape be taped across his mouth.

"I will say that over my time handling his four cases, Mr Williams, I know for a fact, was someone who liked to speak," the judge told Fox News.

"Everybody has the opportunity to make a record with my court reporter but we can't do it at the same time, we can't do it yelling over each other.

"So my intent today was never to silence Mr Williams. I gave him an opportunity to speak when it was appropriate but more than not he continued to speak over me."

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