Ohio Judge Explains Why He Ordered Criminal To Get COVID Shot As Part Of Probation

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Vaccine mandates are all the rage these days, and we’re now to the stage where judges start ordering fentanyl users like Brandon Rutherford of Hamilton County, Ohio to get the COVID vaccine as part of their probation. Judge Christopher Wagner says he’s just doing his job and making a decision “to protect the community.”

“Judges make decisions regularly regarding a defendant’s physical and mental health, such as ordering drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment,” Wagner told Cincinnati TV station WCPO.

Here’s the official transcript as to what Wagner ordered as part of Rutherford’s punishment:

“I’m just a judge, not a doctor, but I think the vaccine’s a lot safer than fentanyl, which is what you had in your pocket,” the court transcript reads. “You’re going to maintain employment. You’re not going to be around a firearm. I’m going to order you, within the next two months, to get a vaccine and show that to the probation office. Okay?”

Ohio criminal ordered to get COVID vaccine
Brandon Rutherford / WCPO

“Because I don’t take a shot they can send me to jail? I don’t agree with that,” Rutherford told WCPO. “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 (COVID vaccine) can set me back.”

Rutherford has since told CNN he’s not taking the vaccine. Now, I’ll let you guess which political party Wagner is associated with. Spoiler: he’s a Democrat.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. They lock up boys who dress up as girls with real girls in prison and they tell confused high school boys they can go with the girls in into the bathroom and locker room – I’m sure they are quite comfortable telling a junkie to get the jab even a black one.

    blacks are by far the highest percentage unvaccinated demographic… will the Leftist Vaccination Police ever address that elephant in the room? No they cannot say anything negative about their sacred cow racial group, that would interfere with the “oppressed victim” narrative.

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