Judge Apologizes For Duct-Taping Order, But Not To Defendant
The Ohio judge who made headlines after ordering a defendant’s mouth duct taped shut because he refused to stop talking is apologizing.
Judge John Russo called a special hearing on Aug. 6, saying while there is legal precedent for gagging a defendant to keep order in court, he should not have taken such action.
On July 31, Russo asked deputies to tape Franklin Williams’ mouth shut, after Williams interrupted the judge multiple times during his sentencing for a series of armed robberies.
"I regret any impact or repercussions for my actions last week. I never want the fairness and justice that each of you deliver in your courtroom to be questioned, no matter the circumstances," Russo said.
The judge also decided to recuse himself from the case.