Texas Judge Orders Man to Marry Girlfriend in 30 Days and Write Bible Verses – Or Go to Jail
A Texas judge ordered a man charged with fighting his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend to marry her within 30 days or go to jail.
In a bizarre hearing, Smith County Judge Randall Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to marry his girlfriend or go to jail for 15 days after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for a fight with her ex-boyfriend.
Bundy told Rogers that he got into a fight with the man because he was being “disrespectful.”
“I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong,” Bundy said in court. “I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
“Is she worth it?” Rogers asked Bundy.
“Well, to be honest sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that I’d probably do the same thing,” Bundy replied.
“You know, as part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her within 30 days,” Rogers said, adding that the alternative is 15 days in jail.
Bundy tells KLTV, “He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job (to let them know). The judge told me ‘nope, that’s not how this works.’”
Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, told the station, “My face was so red, people behind me were laughing. He made me stand up in court. It just felt like we weren’t going to be able to have the wedding we wanted. It was just going to be kind of pieced together, I didn’t even have a white dress.”
The couple did end up getting married, as per Rogers’ orders.
“To say you’re not going to be criminally punished if you get married is way out of left field,” attorney Black Bailey explained. “It sounds like the old days of shotgun weddings, but not even the judge is capable of enforcing what he thinks is best for some people in his court.”