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Ohio judge orders man to get vaccinated as part of probation


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CINCINNATI (AP) – A Cincinnati judge has ordered a man who pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge to show proof he’s been vaccinated as a condition of his probation.

A transcript of the Wednesday hearing shows Common Pleas Judge Christopher Wagner told 21-year-old Brandon Rutherford he needed to provide proof of vaccination to his probation officer within two months.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to fentanyl possession in June. Wagner issued a statement Friday saying fentanyl is deadlier than vaccines and COVID-19. Defense attorney Carl Lewis told news outlets that if Wagner believes he has that authority to issue such an order “we’ll have a legal issue to address.”

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