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Anybody who knows Oklahoma District Court Judge Mike Norman probably yawned at the news that he'd sentenced a teen offender to attend church as part of his probation arrangement, and that the judge's pastor was in the courtroom at the time.
Not only had he handed down such a sentence before, but he'd required one man to bring the church program back with him when he reported to court."
The judge could have sent Alred to jail but, instead, taking into account his clean criminal and school records, sentenced him to wear a drug and alcohol bracelet, participate in counseling groups and attend a church of his choosing - weekly. He must also graduate from high school.
To avoid jail time, Norman gave Alred a maximum 10-year deferred sentence."
The constitution has been interpreted to separate church and State. For example, public schools cannot require a prayer. I think this judge's order is unconstitutional, but when no one appeals, bad law is created.