A judge in the United States threatened to have a defendant’s mouth duct-taped shut after he caused a disruption in court, a lawyer has said.
Duniek Christian, 26, appeared before Judge Elizabeth Kobly in Ohio last week on a charge of obstructing official business and a traffic offence.
Christian used expletives and shouted at the judge because he wanted a jury trial, not a bench trial, said his former lawyer, David Gerchak.
He said the judge repeatedly held his client in contempt and finally asked officers in court to get some duct tape.
Mr Gerchak has resigned as Christian’s lawyer and it was unclear who was replacing him.
Mr Gerchak said he did not know if the judge was serious, but as for his former client, “the threat certainly got to him”.
According to a police report, Christian already had been sentenced to 230 days in jail for contempt of court by the time the judge asked police to intervene and remove him.
“She further ordered he not be returned until his mouth was duct-taped shut,” the police officer wrote in the report.
Christian tried to physically resist officers and was yelling vulgarities as he was taken out of court, the officer wrote.