USA Judge Orders Get The COVID Vax Or Face Jail Time
In Franklin County, Ohio, Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye is ordering people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or face jail time.
“It occurred to me that at least some of these folks need to be encouraged not to procrastinate,” Frye said in an interview. “I think it’s a reasonable condition when we’re telling people to get employed and be out in the community.”
So far he imposed the order 3 times out of 20 sentences.
A man named Cameron Stringer plead guilty for one charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and he was sentenced to two years of probation (know as community control in Ohio). According to court documents Stringer’s conditions of probation designated by Frye are he must submit to random drug screening, avoid further legal trouble, return a firearm in question to its rightful owner, and obtain the COVID-19 vaccine within 30 days to the Probation Department.
Under Stringer’s conditions of probation, if he fails to provide proof of vaccination to the probation department he could be violated and sent back to jail.
But wait there’s more, if you get your shot the judge is offering to shorten your probation term.
From The Columbus Dispatch:
It’s unclear how widespread this judicial practice is. Frye said he didn’t know if any other judges were doing anything similar. A spokesman for the Supreme Court, which oversees lower courts, said he didn’t know of any judges doing anything similar. However, he sent a link to a media report about a judge offering to shorten probation stretches for those who obtain a vaccine.
Gary Daniels, lobbyist with the local ACLU only gave lip service.
“It doesn’t have any real relationship to community control,” Daniels said of Frye’s practice, in a brief interview.
“At a minimum, it appears to be problematic.”
As of the writing of this post the ACLU has done nothing except comment on the judges practice.
“I just wanted them to be safe in the community,” Frye said.
We have hit the point where the state is now ordering people to receive the vaccine or face jail time.