A man convicted of drug possession has been ordered by an Ohio judge to receive an experimental COVID injection or go to jail, according to reports.
Hamilton County Judge Christopher Wagner told Brandon Rutherford, 21, he must get vaccinated within 60 days as a condition of probation for fentanyl possession — or face up to 18 months in jail.
“I don’t plan on getting it. I don’t want it,” Rutherford told local media following a recent hearing.
“So, for him to tell me that I have to get it in order for me to not violate my probation is crazy because 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 can set me back.”
Judge Wagner justified his decision by likening it to other court-mandated orders pertaining to drug treatment or mental health counseling.
“The court’s responsibility when issuing a community control sanction is to rehabilitate the defendant and protect the community,” Wagner asserted in a statement sent to WCPO.
“Judges make decisions regularly regarding a defendant’s physical and mental health, such as ordering drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment.”
Attorney Carl Lewis, who represents Rutherford, expressed shock at what effectively amounts to a forced medical procedure.
“When you hear that, you’re like, ‘Whoa,'” Lewis said. “I don’t think the judges are within their powers to do that.”
Lewis says another hearing has been scheduled to discuss the matter further.
Judges around the U.S. are increasingly incorporating COVID injections into their rulings.
For example, East Baton Rouge Judge Fred T. Crifasi is now allowing some offenders to opt out of community service hours if they’ll take a jab, as Infowars recently reported.
Germany’s largest pathology union is warning COVID vaccines are accounting for 30-40% of deaths.