Judge Requires Teen To Marry His Girlfriend, Write Bible Verses Or Go To Jail
Well, nothing about this seems legal at all! After getting into a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend, 19 year-old Josten Bundy was sentenced by a judge in East Texas to either marry his girlfriend or face 15 days in jail.
The other part of his probation was to write out Bible verses–which is definitely, definitely illegal and not really something within a judge’s purview.
“[The ex-boyfriend] had been saying disrespectful things about Elizabeth, so I challenged him to a fight,” said Bundy. “He stepped in and I felt like it was on and I hit him in the jaw twice.”
Bundy said the ex-boyfriend did not require medical attention, but pressed assault charges.
“I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong,” Bundy said. “I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Randall Rogers asked Bundy about the fight.
“Is she worth it?” Judge Rogers asked Bundy, according to court transcripts.
“I said, well to be honest, sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that,” recalled Bundy, “I’d probably do the same thing.”
Judge Rogers asked Bundy if he was married to Jaynes and then said, “You know, as a part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her…within 30 days.”
Bundy complied with the order, for fear of losing his job if he had to spend two weeks in jail. He says that although he and his girlfriend had discussed marriage after six months of dating (At 19? Seriously?), he’s still really upset because they had hoped to get married normally, with their families and everything, as opposed to a shotgun courthouse wedding, which should be their right!
Judge Rogers is has declined to speak on this ruling, and says he will not discuss his sentencing practices with anyone, ever, please and thank you. I’m thinking he may have to discuss them with someone, at some point, however, because those practices are pretty darned illegal.