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What's Up with Michigan Judges and Duct Tape?

For the second time in a week, a Michigan judge has threatened to duct tape a defendant’s mouth shut during sentencing.

A convicted killer went on an hour-long tirade in which he blamed others for his fate during his sentencing Monday before Judge John Hulsing, who threatened to silence him with duct tape. (Screenshot: WZZM video)
A convicted killer went on an hour-long tirade in which he blamed others for his fate during his sentencing Monday before Judge John Hulsing, who threatened to silence him with duct tape. (Screenshot: WZZM video)

On Monday, Ottawa County Circuit Judge John Hulsing said that he would use duct tape if necessary to silence defendant Ryan Wyngarden, who launched into an hour-long tirade during his sentencing in the double homicide of his sister and brother-in-law in 1987, WZZM, Channel 13, reports.

Hulsing sentenced Wyngarden to two life sentences in the murders, but not before the defendant accused the judge of lying, said detectives “mentally raped” his wife and coerced her testimony against him, and continued to proclaim his innocence in the killings of Gail and Rick Brink.

Last Wednesday, a judge in Jackson County Circuit Court threatened to use duct tape to silence a woman who reportedly snickered and rolled her eyes when a family member of a man she had stabbed multiple times gave a victim impact statement.

“You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it. You were relentless. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed until he was dead," Judge John McBain said, according to a report on WJBK, Channel 2.

"I hope you die in prison,” he said. “If this was a death penalty state, you'd be getting the chair."


Dale Murrish April 22, 2014 at 07:30 PM
What's wrong with this threat? Sounds like it was appropriate given the four hour tirade. Hardly humility from a guilty but repentant felon hoping for a light sentence.
RON Ostrodamus April 23, 2014 at 01:18 AM
You would think as one gets older their spelling would improve. The other day I typed sight instead of site. I am not about to delete and retype a comment over one word though I did not feel confident with that spelling immediately. At least you remember that series. Did you know the real judge Bean was not really a judge. I am thinking about writing a story about a mayor who was not really a mayor.
Lee Jacobsen April 23, 2014 at 04:12 AM
Duct tape keeps the world together. Both of those low lifes deserved duct tape, and a lot more misconfort. We always seem to forget the victims. Both killers should be hung from their necks with duct tape....they don't deserve life.
K. Scott April 23, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
Mr Rogers April 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I'd give the ofender a choice: duct tape or stun belt. (I think a normal person would just keep quiet. But then again, we're not dealing with normal people here.)

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