Summary: A judge ordered a couple to get married or else a young man would face jail time for an assault charge.
According to 19ActionNews.com, a Smith County, Texas judge issued a different kind of ruling last month. Josten Brundy was ordered to marry Elizabeth Jaynes, his 19-year old girlfriend, as part of his probation. The judge also ordered him to write Bible verses and receive counseling.
The case centered on a February altercation between Bundy and Jaynes’ ex-boyfriend. Bundy recalled, “[The ex-boyfriend] had been saying disrespectful things about Elizabeth, so I challenged him to a fight. He stepped in and I felt like it was on and I hit him in the jaw twice.” Bundy said that the ex-boyfriend did not need medical attention, but that he did press assault charges. Bundy said, “I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong. I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
Court transcripts reveal that Judge Randall Rogers
However, the couple only had 18 days to put together a wedding ceremony. Some of their closest relatives were unable to attend. Bundy said, “My father didn’t get to go, and that really bothers me, I know he would have liked to be there. None of my sisters got to show up, it was such short notice, I couldn’t get it together.” An employee was demoted for a comment about a sex toy purchase. Kenneth Jaynes, Elizabeth’s father, was angry at the ruling. “[I felt] anger; I was mad. [The judge] can’t do this by court ordering somebody to be married. I contacted a couple of lawyers but they told me someone was trying to pull my leg…that judges don’t court order somebody to get married.” Constitutional law attorney Blake Bailey said that ordering a couple to marry is illegal. He said, “To say you’re not going to be criminally punished if you get married is way out of left field. It sounds like the old days of shotgun weddings, but not even the judge is capable of enforcing, what he thinks is best for some people in his court.” Bailey Although Bundy and Jaynes do not regret getting married, they do regret not having the wedding they dreamed of. Jaynes said, “What if we [had said to the judge] we don’t’ want to get married right now and we’re not ready? Is he going to go to jail? It scared us, a little bit.” According to Newsmax, Jaynes also said, “We live paycheck to paycheck. If he had gone to jail, I wouldn’t have been able to make the rent by myself.”
Bailey said the sentence would have probably been struck down if it had been appealed.
Bundy and Jaynes do plan to have a larger ceremony in the future when they can afford it.
Another Idiot in a robe who abused his authority, Judges, when on the bench, Are immune from any liability or accountability and that is why we see these happening.
Embarrassing a young couple into marriage, in a short period of time, causing family members to miss the wedding, or he goes to jail. In addition he is ordered to read bible verses and what if that is against any personal belief or faith he may have. Anybody hear of separation of church and state?
And all this happened because he defended his girlfriend against a former boyfriend bad mouthing her, as most of us would have done the same thing. In addition it sounds like the boyfriend was an instigator in the incident.
Personally I would have told the judge to go FUCK himself…….