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A Louisiana man had his mouth taped shut by a 15-minute walk from Court after he repeatedly interrupted during the sentencing hearing held on July 18 in Lafayette.
At a hearing of Michael C. Duhon, who was sentenced to death for anti-money laundering and theft of more than 25,000 and in February 2019 at the latest, Judge Marilyn Castle and asked for an officer of the court to have the tape on his mouth, while the witness is on the stand.
At a hearing of Michael C. Duhon, who was sentenced to death for anti-money laundering and theft of more than $25,000 in in in in February 2019 at the latest, Judge Marilyn Castle and asked for an officer of the court to have the tape on his mouth, while the witness is on the stand.
Her actions are a result of the concerns raised by the Duhon at the Castle, and had asked him to stop filing motions in its own name, rather than his attorney, Aaron and Adam. Duhon object when the evidence was presented in the case, and he has even tried to argue against the inclusion of evidence, but was told by his lawyer, according to The Acadiana Advocate.
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After the request twice, each time for Duhon to remain silent, the Castle has finally had enough and called him.
“The testimony of Tanya Ortego, the Court ordered the Bailiff to tape the defendant’s mouth by the defendant is consistent, the disruption of these legal proceedings, and several instructions given by the Court to remain silent,” the minutes said.
Attorney Adams also objected to the use of duct tape to his client, which was removed after its application. The minutes do not say how long the tape stayed on Duhon’s mouth, even though he has said that he will ask the court to remove the Duhon off the court in the place of the previous method.
The incident caused a public defender who was present at the trial, are to be charged with contempt, after he has been included in the sequence of events. Public defender, Michael Gregory, was ordered to appear in court on Friday, with the Castle guarding the sense of hearing, even if it is not connected with the case, or Duhon.
The district court gave to The said, that he violated court rules by transmitting, broadcasting, recording, or taking photographs in the courtroom” because he was “part of the process of the court during the sentencing hearing, and the broadcasting of the proceedings of all others.”
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Castle concluded that the Explosion was in contempt of court and ordered him to not bring his cell phone or other electronic devices into the court for six months, and required him to pay a fine of $100, according to KATC.
Duhon was convicted and sentenced by the Castle, to 11 years in prison during a hearing with credit for time served, and he was recommended by the court to be included in a mental health facility.
The castle’s secretary, said the judge, “you can’t leave a comment because the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits her from commenting on pending cases.”
The use of duct tape has been controversial, but has been allowed in the past. In the 1970’s, the United States Supreme court ruled a judge can gag on a defendant at the trial, so that they will be able to remain in the courtroom without disturbing the proceedings.
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Last year, a court in Ohio, and apologized, after he ordered a defendant’s mouth, after a number of outbursts during the sentencing hearing.