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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-06-12 04:31 AM
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Judge orders drunk driving teen to, among other things, attend church for 10 years. ACLU sues.
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ACLU files complaint over teen's sentencing to 10 years of church attendance
By NBC News staff


The ACLU of Oklahoma filed a complaint with state judicial misconduct authorities Tuesday alleging Norman's ruling disregarded religious liberties in the federal and state constitutions.

"It is shocking that a judge would so blatantly ignore the First Amendment, which at a minimum prevents the government from forcing church attendance and from interfering in deeply personal matters of faith," Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in a statement.

The judge said, "I hope and pray that church will give him his lord and savior, and make a difference in his life."

The teen's lawyer said the sentence was not a problem as the teen, whose drunk driving killed his friend, already attends church every Sunday. The alternative to the judge's sentence was jail time.

I have no doubt the sentence is unconstitutional, even with the current neo theo SCOTUS. However, I have idea how the ACLU has standing to challenge the sentence.
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