Judge Tells Poor Defendants To Literally Pay Fines With Their Blood Or Go To Jail — Is The Ruling Legal?

Benjamin Simon - Author

Oct. 20 2015, Updated 7:28 p.m. ET

Occasionally, judges will come up with creative ways to make their rulings. Some judges will dole out bizarre punishments to fit crimes, such as ordering a woman to be pepper sprayed in court. Others like Alabama Judge Marvin Wiggins find unique ways to go easy on defendants.

According to CBS News, Judge Wiggins ordered a large group of impoverished defendants who couldn’t afford to pay fines to give blood if they want to avoid jail time. A recording of Wiggins giving the order was obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside. If you do not have any money and you do not want to go to jail, as an option to pay it, you can give blood today,” the judge said. “Consider that as a discount rather than putting you in jail.”

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