A frustrated OH judge ordered police officers to gag the mouth of a convicted man with tape after warning him 12 times, to no avail, to stop interrupting.
Video shows the judge losing his patience with the talkative convict in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
That's a defendant named Franklyn Williams with his mouth taped shut, which was done so at the order of Judge Russo.
Williams replied: "You're trying to take my life away, judge, and you're not letting me tell you what's going on".
The defendant refused to stop talking.
"I'm going to tape it, and I'll unzip it when I want you to talk", he said.
"So my intent today was never to silence Mr Williams".
Russo later defended his order, telling Fox8 he knew Williams was "someone who liked to speak", and that he gave him more than a dozen warnings to stop talking. His re-trial was stalled when he cut his ankle bracelet and fled to Nebraska, where Franklyn claimed he was hit over the head and lost his memory.
Williams was convicted in December of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability, according to court documents.
Cleveland's Fox 8 News recorded the sentencing hearing and posted a video of it online.
Six officers surround Williams with one issuing a threat before putting the tape on his mouth. However, one piece of red tape proved ineffective and, after Williams continued to try and speak, the judge instructed deputies to place another piece of tape over his mouth. "But we can't do it at the same time or yelling over each other", he said. This was actually his second conviction in the case.
Here though, there were no attempts to remove Williams from the court and instead a gag was enforced.
In the case, judges were allowed to "bind and gag as a last resort, thereby keeping him present; (2) cite him for criminal or civil contempt; or (3) remove him from the courtroom while the trial continues, until he promises to conduct himself properly", found the Miami Herald.