Vaccine mandates are all the fashion as of late and we’re now to the stage the place judges begin ordering fentanyl customers like Brandon Rutherford of Hamilton County, Ohio to get the COVID vaccine as a part of his probation. Judge Christopher Wagner says he’s simply doing his job and making a choice “to protect the community.”
“Judges make decisions regularly regarding a defendant’s physical and mental health, such as ordering drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment,” Wagner informed Cincinnati TV station WCPO.
Here’s the official transcript as to what Wagner ordered as a part of Rutherford’s punishment:
“I’m just a judge, not a doctor, but I think the vaccine’s a lot safer than fentanyl, which is what you had in your pocket,” the courtroom transcript reads. “You’re going to maintain employment. You’re not going to be around a firearm. I’m going to order you, within the next two months, to get a vaccine and show that to the probation office. Okay?”
“Because I don’t take a shot they can send me to jail? I don’t agree with that,” Rutherford informed WCPO. “I’m just trying to do what I can to get off this as quickly as possible, like finding a job and everything else. But that little thing (COVID vaccine) can set me back.”
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— Judge Ginger Bock (@GingerForJudge) February 14, 2020