Judge makes SC drunk driver read Bible

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ROCK HILL, S.C. — A South Carolina woman whose drunken driving seriously injured two people has been sentenced to eight years in prison, substance abuse counseling, and to read the Bible.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports reports Cassandra Tolley’s attorney said she was thankful for the task and has started working on her assignment to read the Old Testament book of Job and write a summary.

The Bible segment’s dominant theme is the question of why God allows good people to suffer.

A legal expert says is the sentence by Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles is rare. University of South Carolina law professor Kenneth Gaines says judges can’t arbitrarily add anything they want to a sentence, but if the defendant consents it’s not an issue.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/02/12 - 06:58 am
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My prayer is that God will

My prayer is that God will place someone in her life through a guard or visiting pastor to help this woman truly understand what is in the Word she is reading and lead her to Christ. Anyone can read words in a book but when those Words touch your life, it's an Awesome thing!

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 07/02/12 - 10:45 am
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Koran?
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Would you feel the same if she was ordered to read the Koran? This is the kind of things the constitution is supposed to protect you from..of course the defendant won't complain they would be afraid of a retribution punishment from this judge. He should be admonished. Freedom of religion means freedom from pushy religious fanatics.

mc
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mc 07/02/12 - 10:53 am
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This is great, as long as she

This is great, as long as she doesn't do it while driving. I saw that once. A lady with a bible on the steering wheel, running 75 over the river bridge on I-20.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/02/12 - 10:55 am
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Well mc, since she has been

Well mc, since she has been sentence to 8 years in prison, I seriously doubt she'll be doing any driving for a while.

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allhans 07/02/12 - 11:42 am
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mc..good eye sight, huh? I

mc..good eye sight, huh? I hope you weren't driving when you saw all that.

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Bizkit 07/02/12 - 12:14 pm
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Can a judge legally do

Can a judge legally do it-doesn't it deny their constitutional rights of a lack of religion-separation of church and state-and all that (why the christian bible in particular will likely be the issue). Seems a court case from the ACLU could be pending. Sheesh.

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