|A weird Texas judge ordere Josten Bundy to marry his girlfriend, |
Elizabeth Jaynes, as punishment for an assault
conviction. Bundy had punched Jaynes' ex.
What's not nice is the couple married only because a wacko judge said the groom must get married or go to jail.
This all started whern Josten Bundy got into a physical fight with his girlfriend's ex who was saying disparaging things about her.
So Bundy punched him, and the ex-boyfriend pressed charges.
Even Bundy says he shouldn't have punched the ex-boyfriend, but told Judge Randall Rogers that, "I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that......I'd probably do the same thing.
Of course by hitting the ex, Bundy committed a crime, and there's consequences for that. The judtge sentenced him to probation, which make sense. Maybe a fine, a ban on alcohol consumption, how about some mandatory anger management counseling?
That would work, but NOPE. Here's where the judge went off the rails.
According to television station KLTV, Judge Rogers said that as part of his probation, Bundy had to marry his girlfriend or spend 15 days in jail.
Bundy figured it he was in jail, he'd lose his job, so he had no choice but to marry Jaynes, says KLTV.
They were probably going to get married anyway at some point, but they didn't want a rushed courthouse wedding where many of their loved ones couldn't witness it. Jaynes said she wanted one of those "Say Yes To The Dress" weddings with all the trappings of a traditional big ceremony, reception and party.
By the way, the judge was also punishing Jaynes by forcing to get abruptly married. Remember, she was not accused of any crime whatsoever in this whole thing.
The father of the bride was certainly angry, which is understandable. The dad, Kenneth Jaynes told KLTV the judge "can't do this by court ordering somebody to be married...I contacted a couple of lawyers but they tole me someone was trying to pull my leg, that judges don't court order somebody to get married."
Well, this one did.
Of course, dad is right. Forcing Bundy and Jaynes to marry is almost certainly unconstitutional, but Bundy and Jaynes aren't lawyers, and didn't know what to do about the abrupt marriage sentence, while in the moment with the judge.
The judge also said Bundy must write Bible verses as part of his punishment. So much for separation of Church and State.
What else is this wacko judge Rogers going to do for future sentencings? Force a non-Christian to convert to Christianity? Order a gay defendent to somehow turn straight, or else go to jail?
KTLV said Judge Rogers wouldn't comment on this case, or his sentencing habits in general.
I hope Texas can recall or fire judges. This one is too much.