Outrage After Viral Video Shows White Judge Order Black Man’s Mouth Be Taped Shut During Sentencing

Outrage After Viral Video Shows White Judge Order Black Man’s Mouth Be Taped Shut During Sentencing

Franklyn Williams was convicted for three armed robberies.

Published August 1, 2018

During the sentencing of a man convicted of robbery, a judge ordered his mouth be taped shut, resulting in outrage from many.

On Tuesday, 32-year-old Franklyn Williams, who was convicted for three armed robberies, kept speaking out during his hearing in Cleveland. Although Judge John Russo ordered him to be silent multiple times, Williams kept speaking, reported WREG.

“Mr. Williams, I'm the judge in the matter, shut your mouth and I will tell you when you can talk,” Russo said in video shot inside the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

When Williams kept interrupting the judge and even his own attorneys, Judge Russo ordered officers in the court to put tape over his mouth. Soon after, six deputies placed red tape over Williams’ mouth before he was handed a 24-year prison sentence.

  1. Last year, Williams was convicted on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability, according to court documents. His trial was delayed after he cut off his ankle bracelet and flew to Nebraska, where he claimed to have been hit over the head.

    In his first trial for the case, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to 14 years in prison. However, Williams was granted an appeal after a court found he was misinformed about when he would be eligible for release.

  2. Once video of Williams with tape over his mouth went viral, many people slammed the judge
  3. Some civil rights groups even suggested this was a violation of Williams' human rights

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: WREG)

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