Last week, a Hamilton County judge in Ohio made headlines after he lowers the sentence of a man if he promises to get himself vaccinated against COVID-19.
On Aug. 4, Common Pleas Judge Chris Wagner lowered the sentence of 21-year-old Brandon Rutherford who pleaded guilty to possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a low-level felony.
In his ruling, Wagner sentenced Rutherford to two years of probation after he promises to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
While his move made the news, Wagner is not yet sure if he will make the same ruling again in the future.
“We’ll see how this develops,” Wagner said Friday.
Meanwhile, while Wagner’s intention is good, Rutherford’s lawyer is not too happy about it.
Carl Lewis said he might take some actions if Wagner decides to extend Rutherford’s probation term or even send him to prison if the latter will not fulfill his vaccination promise.
“I just don’t believe he can do this, legally,” Lewis said.