Judge John Russo

photo of Franklyn Williams
FOX 8 CLEVELAND

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo recused himself from the sentencing of a man he ordered gagged with duct tape last week. Video of the incident gained national and international attention, but the judge apologized for his actions Monday.

32-year-old Franklyn Williams sat silently through the hearing, until the very end as he was led out the courtroom.

"Freedom of speech. No duct tape,” he said.

A photo of the exterior of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 25:

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TIM EVANSON / FLICKR/CREATIVE COMMONS

About a year and half ago the presiding judge of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court called for a study and recommendations on how to reform the county’s bail system.  Now that report has been delivered.

photo of Judge John Russo
PHILIP DE OLIVEIRA / WKSU

Gov. John Kasich recently denied clemency to an Indiana man sentenced to die for two murders in Parma. The advocacy group Ohioans To Stop Executions held a forum last week in downtown Cleveland to discuss the future of the death penalty in Ohio.