Have an unruly defendant? Tape his mouth shut.

A Pennsylvania judge recently went to great lengths to ensure his courtroom would be silent and free from unruly behavior. Defendant Erik Britt had his mouth taped shut after he repeatedly disrupted jury selection (one can imagine the judge ordering the defendant to shut his “pie hole!” But alas, there was no pie for Britt). Judge Timothy Creany would have none of these shenanigans in his courtroom and ordered sheriff’s deputies to restrain the man with handcuffs and tape his mouth shut. Unfortunately, the man continued to mutter noises and disrupt court proceedings anyway.

Britt was acting as his own lawyer; on charges he assaulted a prison guard. He was later ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation by the court.

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