Editor’s note: Never act as your own lawyer and learn to shut up!
EBENSBURG — A Johnstown man who was scheduled to go on trial for assaulting a prison guard became so disruptive during jury selection on Thursday that the judge had the man’s mouth briefly taped shut and his hands handcuffed to a belt around his waist.
But Erik Britt continued to attempt to mouth words and interrupt proceedings.
Judge Timothy Creany finally called off any attempt to choose a jury. Creany continued the case until March and ordered a mental-health exam of the defendant.
While Britt continued to shout about his rights being violated, deputies took him out a rear door of the courtroom.