Ohio Judge Mandates COVID Vaccines as Condition of Probation

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on July 3, 2021 | Sundance | 218 Comments

Wait.. what?   Yes, a Franklin County, Ohio, criminal court judge is requiring defendants to get the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of probation in criminal court proceedings.

Now, a side issue, when you consider the rate of minority interaction with the criminal court system, is this not an issue of ‘disparate impact‘ upon minority groups to be forced -as a condition of their physical freedom- to be vaccinated in order to receive probation?   Alas I doubt the DOJ-CRD would ever take that position, hypocrites that they are.

Quite a remarkable issue.  Should criminal court judges be empowered to force offenders to get the vaccine as a condition of probation?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — A Franklin County judge admits to WSYX that he’s mandating COVID-19 vaccinations as conditions of probation in his courtroom. Now, some offenders affected are speaking out to say it’s not right.

“The whole atmosphere of the courtroom changed,” said criminal offender Sylvaun Latham who was sentenced for a gun and drug charge last week before Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye. “Everyone had this look on their face. I broke character and asked (my attorney), ‘Can he do this?’”

[…] Latham told WSYX that his attorney struck a deal with prosecutors which was three years probation.

However, when he stood before the judge at sentencing, terms had changed. He said Judge Frye told him he could choose between five years probation or just one year on the condition that he receives the COVID-19 vaccine.  (read more)

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