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Teen's Sentence: 10 Years of Church
ACLU files complaint against judge's decision
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 11:43 AM CST
An Oklahoma judge ordered a teen to attend church for the next 10 years to avoid jail time.    (?)

(Newser) – What sounds better to you: Having to attend church for 10 years, or going to prison for manslaughter? If you said the former, you're not the ACLU. Tyler Alred, 17, was behind the wheel in a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed his passenger, and Oklahoma Judge Mike Norman last month offered Alred the opportunity to avoid hard time and be sentenced instead to probation—so long as he goes to church regularly for a decade, reports the Tulsa World. The ACLU yesterday filed a complaint against Norman, condemning "the level of disregard" he "showed towards the US Constitution and the constitution of the state of Oklahoma.”

The state's ACLU director explained that "we believe in a strong and independent judiciary. We didn’t file this complaint lightly." A state council comprised of judges and lawyers will decide whether it wants to recommend that action be taken against Norman.

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Dec 6, 2012 8:57 AM CST
wow judge made him a sex slave to the church! wow!
Dec 6, 2012 1:49 AM CST
Hey, I don't blame the kid for taking the deal, I would do the same thing. I do blame him for getting someone killed, but that's a different matter entirely. That whole 'separation of church and state' thing just never quite gets through to some people, does it? Oh well, that's what watchdog groups and multiple checks and balances are for.
Dec 5, 2012 10:32 PM CST
What an insult to the legal system.