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‘Silence is commanded…’

When a disgruntled defendant insisted on offering his views of the legal process and his own lawyer’s competence during a preliminary hearing last week, Canton (Ohio) Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden found a handy solution.  He ordered the defendant’s mouth covered with duct tape.

According to the Associated Press, the method worked.  Evidence was heard, robbery charges were advanced to a grand jury.

Now, if we can only find a practical judicial use of WD-40…

By Peter Vieth

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