In a rather unusual ruling, a South Carolina judge recently ordered a woman to read the Old Testament book of Job and write a summary as part of her post-conviction punishment.Cassandra Belle Tolley pleaded guilty to drunk driving and crashing into a car, leaving two people seriously injured, The Herald reported last week.
Her blood alcohol level was reportedly .333, four times the legal limit.
In addition to her Biblical penance, Tolley was sentenced to eight years behind bars and five years probation.
And while Tolley’s public defender says her client is thankful for the assignment, one legal expert isn’t so sure the judge was authorised to issue the bizarre punishment.
“Under normal circumstances, the judge wouldn’t have the authority to do that,” University of South Carolina professor Kenneth Gaines told The Herald. “You can’t just arbitrarily add anything you want to a sentence.”
Tolley reportedly began drinking after living through years of abuse as a child.
When she was 11, a relative poured gasoline on her and set her on fire, The Herald reported.
Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/07/01/4084671/york-defendant-thankful-for-penance.html#storylink=cpy
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