A judge ordered a convict's mouth to be taped shut.

Judge tapes convicts mouth shut in trial

Judge tapes convicts mouth shut in trial

Franklyn Williams, 32- who was sentenced to 24 years in jail for aggravated robbery, kidnapping and theft - had his mouth gagged shut after refusing to keep his quiet during his trial.

Judge Russo told Franklyn at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Cleveland, Ohio: ''I'm going to hear from your lawyers and that means zip it.''

Franklyn interjected: ''That means you are not letting me tell what's going on. It's not fair'', to which the judge replied: ''If we have to, I will gag you. That means zip it, right now, does that make sense?

''I'm not being allowed to speak how I need to speak.''

This prompted sheriff deputies to use a 15-inch piece of red duct tape and place it over his mouth in the courtroom.

Judge Russo later told Fox News: ''I will say that over my time handling his four cases, Mr Williams, I know for a fact, was someone who liked to speak.

''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.''