That one can question the grasp of law for certain American judges does not bode well for our legal system. An example of one such judge is Smith County, Texas Judge Randall Rogers, who ordered a young couple to get married or have the groom face 15 days in jail for a misdemeanor charge.
Texas native Josten Bundy, 20, was facing a 15 day jail sentence for punching the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, 19, twice in the jaw.
For this crime, rather than getting sentenced to something productive like community service, Bundy was instead ordered to marry Jaynes. The probation agreement also required Bundy write Bible verses and get counseling, as well.
The court transcripts cited by KLTV show that Rogers asked Bundy at the end of the sentencing whether Jaynes was “worth it.”
The couple had their wedding immediately scheduled, and applied for a marriage license, because Bundy was afraid that he would lose his job if he missed 15 days (welcome to America).
“He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job (to tell them),” Bundy said, according to the station. “The judge told me ‘Nope, that’s not how this works.’ ”
He also said that he recognized what he did was wrong, noting that he “took matters into [his] own hands” and that “I know I was raised better,” but Bundy didn’t appear to regret what he did. While speaking to the station, Bundy said that:
I said, well to be honest, sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that, I’d probably do the same thing.
Jaynes noted that the Judge “embarrassed” her by forcing her to stand up, saying, “My face was so red, people behind me were laughing.”
It just felt like we weren’t going to be able to have the wedding we wanted,” and, “It was just going to be kind of pieced together, I didn’t even have a white dress.
The sheer amount of wrongness here is fractal; the deeper in one zooms, the more wrong it becomes. Clearly Jaynes was interested in getting married, but not under these conditions. Did her opinion, her wants, and her needs just not matter to Judge Rogers? This makes the misogyny in Bundy’s misplaced chivalry seem almost quaint by comparison.
Second, writing Bible verses is in direct violation of the Establishment clause of the Constitution, and I don’t even know where this idiot judge gets off thinking that he order people to get married or have one of them face jail time.
Of course, this is Texas: retrogressive is what they do.
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