Franklyn Williams, 32, was humiliatingly gagged with red duct tape after Judge John Russo became frustrated at his inability to stay quiet during his sentencing on Tuesday (31 July).
A black man was forced to have his mouth taped over because the judge presiding over his court case wanted to stop him from talking.
"At this point I'm going to hear from your lawyers and that means zip it. that means zip it right now. does that make sense?" the judge asked Williams.
His trial began in late 2017, but was halted after Williams cut his ankle bracelet and led to Nebraska. Shut your mouth, and I'll tell you when you can talk.
After several interruptions, Russo then gives him a last warning. "He's gagging me, putting tape over my mouth at this moment", Franklyn Williams said in court Tuesday. "More than not, he continued to speak over me and others in the courtroom". But Williams refused quiet down, so the judge ordered that tape be placed over his mouth so the sentencing could proceed.
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The incident on Tuesday outraged the OH branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, with attorney Elizabeth Bonham saying that "everything about this is wrong".
"We can not regard this as normal", said a statement by ACLU of OH staff attorney Elizabeth Bonham.
"It doesn't just deprive this person of the opportunity to speak before his life is taken away, it steals his dignity. Everything about this is wrong", the organization said in a tweet. "That's what I was trying to tell them", Williams said.
"Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter, shut your mouth and I will tell you when you can talk", Russo said. He's stopping me from talking.
CNN has reached out to Williams' attorneys for further comment.
Williams ignores the threats and carries on speaking, which is when Judge Russo orders for him to be gagged.