After a man was convicted of a litany of crimes, he refused to obey the judge’s order to stay silent. This criminal only made matters worse as the judge pronounced his sentence. Fed up with this man’s disrespect, the judge gave an incredible order.
When you’re convicted of a crime, it’s generally a good idea to tread carefully. The evidence is stacked against you. There is little room to get out of a serious conviction. How a defendant behaves in court can mean the difference between a lenient sentence or a pretty weighty one.
In that moment, the judge has a ton of authority. Throughout the course of a trial, a good judge is watching everything. He’s listening to the testimony and evidence, same as the jury. And while the jury makes the final verdict of innocent or guilty, it’s the judge who will decide how punishment is to be carried out.
Simply put: you better get on the judge’s good side.
It seems like one convicted criminal did not get the memo. He was charged with a laundry list of crimes. Those included aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards, and having weapons under a disability. Okay, so he’s in deep. Those kinds of charges mean he’s looking at a long jail sentence. But even in those circumstances, a judge can show kindness, granting him a slightly-less heavy sentence. Perhaps he’ll give him a few chances at parole for good behavior. Maybe the judge will offer a ray of hope. Maybe.
But not in this case. This criminal refused to show respect to the court, the judge, or even his own trial. As the proceedings over his sentencing went on, the man kept talking. He was talking when other people tried to speak — including his own lawyer. He talked when the judge was trying to pass his sentence.
After numerous orders to stay silent, the judge had enough. He had the court officers literally tape the man’s mouth shut. Talk about a gag order.
An Ohio judge ordered a convicted criminal’s mouth taped shut last week during his sentencing in court after he ignored multiple warnings from the judge to “zip it” and not interrupt others in the courtroom…
“I will say knowing Mr. Williams due to my handling of his four cases, Mr. Williams was someone who liked to speak. To speak and interrupt,” Russo told FOX 8. “When lawyers were talking, witnesses were talking. More importantly when I was talking.”
Russo gave Williams more than a dozen warnings in the span of 30 minutes before he gave the order.
“Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter,” Russo said. “But we can’t do it at the same time or yelling over each other. My intent was never to silence Mr. Williams.”
“I gave him an opportunity to speak at the appropriate time,” Russo continued. “More than not, he continued to speak over me and others in the courtroom.” [Source: Daily Wire]
Already, people are coming to the criminal’s defense. People online are shocked that a judge would do this to a man. Really? Cleary, these people have never gone to court. They don’t understand the authority a judge has. Nor do they seem to respect the court process.
This man was about to be sentenced to 24 years in jail. How he behaved in court could sway the judge, one way or another. Instead of showing the judge respect, perhaps showing a bit of remorse for his many crimes — he just kept talking. He showed a complete lack of respect for everyone in that courtroom. He didn’t seem to grasp that his continued interruptions were only hurting his chances.
But even still, people will look at this situation and blame the judge. Idiots online will fly off the handle, claiming the judge was violating the criminal’s rights. Sorry, but when you commit armed robbery and kidnapping, you have waived your rights. This man was given ample opportunities to speak but decided to insult everyone else in court.
The judge’s order might seem rude, but it’s this criminal who didn’t stop being rude. But what do you think? Was the judge wrong to tape this man’s mouth shut? Was it a violation of this armed robber’s rights? Be sure to let us know what you think.