Judge orders court staff to tape chatty armed robber's mouth shut

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo ordered bailiffs to tape Franklyn Williams&rsquo mouth shut during his sentencing hearing

A Cleveland man had two pieces of tape placed over his mouth during his sentencing on Tuesday, after the judged warned him to stop talking. Williams reportedly even interrupted his own attorneys.

When Williams tried to continue talking through the first tape, a second was added, and the matter proceeded.

The convicted felon previously attempted to evade his trial when he cut off his ankle bracelet during house arrest and fled to Nebraska.

Moments later, explaining the court stenographer would not be able to keep up if Williams continued to argue over him, Judge Russo ordered his mouth sealed shut, the MailOnline reported.

"Zip it until I give you a chance to talk", the judge said.

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?"

The defendant in the case, Franklyn Williams, is speaking out about the incident.

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But the thief, who was convicted for three armed robberies, wouldn't pipe down. Shut your mouth, and I'll tell you when you can talk, ' he told the defendant.

"Does the comment, 'quit talking, ' do you understand that?"

This is the moment a judge in the United States ordered his sheriff deputies to tape a defendant's mouth shut during trial.

"Here you go", the exasperated judge finally said.

Russo eventually sentenced Williams to 24 years behind bars for counts of aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, having weapons under a disability, and misuse of credit cards. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he said.

"No it doesn't", the Williams responded.

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. As Williams was in contempt of court, Russo was well within his legal rights to order Williams to be gagged in the courtroom.

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