Judge Orders Man Duct Taped, Charges Public Defender w Contempt for Recording it

Ben Keller

A La. judge charged a public defender with contempt for recording a defendant being duct taped after she ordered it.

Lafayette Judge Marilyn Castle charged criminal defense attorney Michael Gregory with misdemeanor contempt of court for filming a defendant in a case he's not involved in having his mouth taped shut by a bailiff after she ordered him to do it.

Judge Castle decided on Friday July 18 that Gregory was in contempt of court for using his cell phone to record her ordering defendant Michael Duhon's mouth shut after he allegedly repeatedly interrupted court proceedings in Judge Castle's courtroom.

Castle said she didn't want to order the courtroom bailiff to duct tape Duhon's mouth, but was forced into giving the order and could not ignore the interruptions

"This is not a pleasurable thing to do," she said during the hearing on Friday.

"If I were to ignore it, I would be in violation of the rules."

The American Civil Liberties Union called the incident brutal, dehumanizing and shocking, according to KATC.

Judge Castle made the order after Duhon objected when she asked him to stop submitting motions on his own behalf and instead submit them through his attorney.

Duhon was in court to be sentenced after being found guilty this February for money laundering and theft of over 25,000, according to the Advocate.

He then objected again after evidence was submitted and Judge Castle told him to speak through his attorney after he attempted to offer arguments against its inclusion.

Castle ordered Duhon to remain quiet twice then ordered the bailiff to tape his mouth shut as witnesses testified.

"During testimony of Tanya Ortego, the Court ordered the Bailiff to tape the defendant’s mouth due to the defendant’s consistent interruption of this court proceeding and multiple instructions from the Court to remain silent."

Court records don't show details about how long Duhon's mouth was taped or if he made any remarks after the duct tape was removed from his mouth.

So far, only an audio recording of the proceeding is available.

But we will update if and when a video recording of the incident becomes available.

In a similar incident in 2018, a Cincinnati judge made headlines after ordering deputies to duct tape an armed robbery defendant's mouth shut.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John J. Russo made an apology from the bench for ordering guards to tape Franklyn Williams' mouth shut during a court hearing, although not directly to Williams, according to Clevland.com.

"On retrospect, while there is legal precedent for gagging a defendant to keep order in a court, I apologize for taking that action last week," he said.

You can watch news coverage from inside the courtroom of that incident as well as Judge Russo's apology from Fox8's and Clevland.com's YouTube channels below.

Comments (11)
No. 1-5

Gives me anxiety to know that people are being treated worse than an animal would be. I want to see a black judge tape a white man's mouth shut, and see how well that blows over. being held in contempt of court and being escorted out of the court room is one thing but what that judge did that is abusive. Not only did he abuse his power as a judge, he took a basic human right away human being. Should not be tolerated let alone accepted.


She is in the wrong and she should be disbarred. He has the right to challenge his accusers, has the right to put things on the record, and he does not have to do so through an attorney which also is licensed under the state causing a conflict of interest for his client to begin with.

Ben Keller
Ben Keller


The issue is this . . . with the technology we have nowadays, this is more of a cruel and unusual thing, because the defendant can still be in the courtroom, virtually, through cameras, etc.

In fact, some magistrate judges and other courts do operate this way.

So, this is really just a sadistic way for some of these robed clowns to flex authority they really don't have and humiliate uneducated people attempting to defend themselves.

I give it up for some judges. I'm a big fan of most federal judges.. But, like everything else, corruption happens.


Good for her! She did exactly the right thing! We need more fearless judges in America!


Lafayette Judge Marilyn Castle needs to be fired! it is bad enough he had the defendants mouth taped up, then to at insult to injury to charge the lawyer for recording the incident. this judge has got to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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