facebook
twitter
search
search

Defendant strapped to chair in court

Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:29 AM

CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Chicago judge ordered a robbery suspect strapped into a chair after repeated outbursts in the courtroom and requests to be excused from his trial.

Joseph "Jose" Banks -- alleged to be the "Second-Hand Bandit" known for wearing used clothing -- is accused of robbing two banks and attempting to hold up two others, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer told Banks Thursday that because he fired his attorneys and was representing himself, he couldn't leave the courtroom while evidence was being presented. He eventually agreed to sit still and was unstrapped from his chair.

"They got Tasers. I can't go nowhere," he said when asked if he could remain still.

Banks filed a motion challenging the court's jurisdiction over him because of his identification with the so-called sovereign citizen movement, the Tribune reported.

"I've been brought on trumped-up charges of hearsay," he said, adding that he objects to everything, "past, present and future."

Federal prosecutors showed the jury video footage of the holdup of a North Side Citibank in December 2007. The robber can be seen jumping bank counters and ordering bank employees to open vaults and ATMs as he wielded a handgun.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
U.S. airstrike kills one of first Islamic State members in Syria
Former Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachyov suing kremlin for $15 billlion
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
July 4 terror threats an annual but necessary ritual, experts say