It’s not every day that you hear of someone being sentenced to walk off a crime, or sit in a dirty room for six months to atone publicly for what they’ve done. There aren’t many judges out there who are interested in being creative with their punishments, but some believe that tailoring the punishment to the crime is the only way to prevent recidivism. Here are a few of the most ridiculous sentences ever handed down in a court of law:
Marriage or Jail
When Josten Bundy wound up in court on charges of assault, he never imagined that the judge would sentence him to get married. But that’s exactly what Judge Randall Rogers did — he ordered Bundy to marry his girlfriend within thirty days, or go to jail. Judge Rogers believed it was a just punishment, since Bundy had assaulted his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend over a perceived insult to her, and wanted Bundy to prove that he thought his girlfriend was worth the risk.