ROCK HILL, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — What would Jesus do?
A South Carolina judge not only sentenced a woman to eight years behind bars for driving drunk, but he also ordered the woman to read the Bible.
According to the Herald of Rock Hill, Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles wants Cassandra Tolley to read the Old Testament and write for him a summary about Job.
Kenneth Gaines, a law professor for the University of South Carolina, doesn’t think it will warrant any constitutional concerns.
“Under normal circumstances, the judge wouldn’t have the authority to do that,” Gaines told the paper. “But if she consented, it’s really not an issue. It’s critical that the defendant was in entire agreement with it.”
Tolley’s pastor, Rev. Daggett Duncan of the New Vision Free Will Baptist Church, believes this type of sentence will help Tolley.
“I think (Nettles’) faith and his compassion led him to use the book of Job,” Duncan told the Herald of Rock Hill. “Job made it through, and he wants her to know she can too.”
Tolley seriously injured two people while driving drunk on the wrong side of the road in November 2011.