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Texas judge orders defendants to get married or face jail time

This story is almost too bizarre to believe, but it’s apparently true. A judge in Smith County, Texas, apparently is ordering people charged with minor crimes to write Bible verses and get married as conditions of getting probation instead of jail time. I don’t see how that can possibly be constitutional, or why Texas judicial authorities have allowed this to continue. Read the story here and here and here.

1439251651890Photo: Smith County, Texas, Judge Randall Rogers has his own unique ideas about how to rehabilitate minor criminal offenders. They include writing Bible verses and being forced into court-ordered marriages.


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