An Ohio courtroom displayed a flagrant abuse of power when a judge ordered deputies to tape a defendant's mouth shut.
Franklyn Williams was convicted of three armed robberies during his trial, but he reportedly had a lot to say about the matter as Judge John Russo tried to speak. Throughout his sentencing hearing, Williams would not stop talking.
Russo told Fox 8 he gave the defendant plenty of warnings and that he had to gag Williams because the court reporter could not keep up with the crosstalk. 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 Williams continued to protest, saying: 'But youre not letting me tell you what's going on.
Williams cut his ankle bracelet and fled to Nebraska before the trial, claiming he was hit over the head and lost his memory.
In the video above, we see the events unfold as Williams tries to defend himself, disregarding orders to stay silent. "This judge should be disbarred", said a third commenter. Over the course of 30 minutes, Williams received dozens of warnings from Judge John Russo.More news: Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, Accused of Sexual Misconduct
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"The comment "quit talking" do you understand that?" He complained that the judge wasn't letting him tell his side of the court. "I'm getting no justice, this is not a fair trial". "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he told vibe.com. "My intent was never to silence Mr. Williams, I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time".
Eventually, the verbose convict got slapped with 24 years in prison.
Some on social media weren't so sure, and said they felt it was wrong.
In any other circumstance, Williams would be held in contempt of court.
But he won an appeal, and retrial, after the court accepted he had been misinformed about when he would be eligible for release if he admitted the offenses.