Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut during sentencing

Judge orders defendant's mouth taped shut during sentencing

A judge ordered a convicted robber's mouth taped shut during his sentencing in Cleveland court Tuesday.

Williams was convicted in December of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability, according to court documents. Williams reportedly even interrupted his own attorneys. After red tape was applied across his face, Williams continued to attempt to speak, and the judge instructed more pieces of tape to be put over his mouth in order for the proceedings to continue.

"But you're not letting me tell you what's going on", Williams says.

Six officers surround Williams with one issuing a threat before putting the tape on his mouth.

In a quieted down courtroom, Judge Russo sentenced the 32-year-old to 24 years in prison, 10 years longer than his original sentence.

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In court on Tuesday, prosecutors played his phone calls with family to prove that not only did Williams not lose his memory, he also researched on his cell the best ways to beat criminal charges.

Later, the judge says he will hear from the lawyers and tells Williams to "zip it".

'Mr Williams, I am the judge in the matter.

Judge Russo says he was forced to take extreme measures to keep a clear record and maintain courtroom decorum. "You'll get a chance to talk".

Eventually the judge ordered Williams' mouth to be taped, adding: "I'll unzip it when I want you to talk".

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"He would have his time, as I did, I gave him an opportunity to speak when it was an appropriate time", Judge Russo said. "Just zip it, you will get a chance to talk, I'm going to give you a chance to talk".

But the thief, who was convicted for three armed robberies, wouldn't pipe down.

Some on social media weren't so sure, and said they felt it was wrong.

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

In any other circumstance, Williams would be held in contempt of court.

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