OK teen's probation includes mandatory church attendance

December 6, 2012 6:06:30 PM PST
An Oklahoma teen convicted of manslaughter in a drunk driving death of his friend gets an unusual punishment for his crime.

A judge sentenced 17-year-old Tyler Alred to 10 years probation and 10 years of attending church every Sunday.

But now, that ruling is now coming under fire by the American Civil Liberties Union. It filed a complaint saying the ruling violates the teen's First Amendment rights.

"It's not something that automatically happens because of attendance. It happens when people say I want to behave a certain way. I want to live and act a certain way. And the concern is that can't happen if a person is ordered to participate in religion," said Brady Henderson, the legal director of the ACLU.

The panel hearing the complaint could take any number of actions, anything from issuing a simple letter of reprimand to removing the judge from the bench.


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