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Gohmert says he ‘duct taped’ a defendant’s head when he was a judge in Texas

By David Edwards
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:27 EDT
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Louie Gohmert speaks to Fox News
 
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) revealed on Tuesday that he had wanted to keep a defendant quiet so badly that he “duct taped his head” while serving as a judge in Texas.

During a discussion about the trial of Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, Gohmert told Fox News host Sean Hannity that President Barack Obama had made the country less safe by allowing the crime to be classified as workplace violence and also by temporarily closing embassies in the Middle East in response to a possible terrorist threat.

“You remember when [President George W. Bush] was threatened with violence, he said — and it got a lot of criticism — ‘bring it on,’” Gohmert recalled. “And the reaction of this administration, ‘Oh, that’s workplace violence.’ We’re threatened in our embassies, it’s not to beef up security. They have a non-verbal answer of showing their rear end and elbows as they run the other direction.”

The Texas Republican added that the U.S. displaying “weakness” was a bigger recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda than Guantanamo Bay or the atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“And I tell you what, I don’t know the judge that’s trying this case down at Fort Hood, but I flip back, I had one guy that was particularly out of line, and I warned him three times and then we duct taped his head,” Gohmert said. “And we didn’t hear from him until it was his turn to talk.”

“That’s when you were a judge?” Hannity wondered.

“That’s when I was a judge in felony court,” Gohmert replied. “Gave him three warnings, made the record and then wrapped him up.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Aug. 6, 2013.

 

(h/t: The Huffington Post)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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