POLL: Should A Judge Sentence Someone to Read Bible?

South Carolina judges can't arbitrarily add to a person's sentence, but if the defendant doesn't object it's not an issue.

In a rare case, a South Carolina judge has sentenced a woman to eight years in prison, substance abuse counseling and to read the Bible.

Cassandra Tolley, whose drunken driving seriously injured two people, is thankful for the task, her attorney told Rock Hill Herald.

A USC law professor said a judge can't arbitrarily add something to a sentence, but if the accused consents it's OK.

So give us your opinion. Do you believe a judge should sentence people to read the Bible? Tell us how you really feel in the comments section.

Elizabeth Putman July 02, 2012 at 03:04 PM
well what about all these people who voluntarily put a drug in their system then expect family and the system to coddle them when they cheat steal lie get food stamps free medical what about us that actually work and take care of ourselves
Robert Kelly July 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
This poll is ridiculous. These are the only two choices? What idiot would want to antagonize the judge at sentencing and object? The issue is the appropriateness of what the judge added to the sentence. Judges should know better! They do not represent a theocracy!
JoSCh July 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
You don't think the 8 years in prison will keep her from getting behind the wheel, but reading the Bible will? And you think other people should read the article?
JoSCh July 03, 2012 at 02:29 PM
This may surprise you Elizabeth Putman, but not every news story is about how the poor are stealing from you personally.
JoSCh July 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
And after 24 hours there is no Republican response to this. Hypocrisy much?


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