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Defendant's mouth taped after outburst

April 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A defendant in a Pocatello, Idaho, courtroom paid the price for not listening to a judge's orders.Nicklas Frasure, 23, was at his probation violation hearing Monday when he made repeated outbursts and ignored 6th District Judge Peter D. McDermott's orders to refrain from interrupting the court. The judge then ordered bailiffs to silence Frasure. The bailiffs found a roll of duct tape, tore off a piece, and put it over his mouth.

Frasure was convicted of felony theft in 2008. In October, Frasure was released from a state mental hospital. He is accused of violating his probation by not taking prescribed medication.

Probation officer Julie Guiberson testified that Frasure is a threat to himself and others.

The judge ordered Frasure be placed in the custody of the Department of Correction's mental health facility in Boise. At the end of the hearing, the judge ordered bailiffs to remove the duct tape.

ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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