Ohio judge orders COVID vaccination as condition of avoiding jail


LifeSite News: A Hamilton County judge has ordered a man convicted of fentanyl possession to receive COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of remaining on probation and out of jail. 

Brandon Rutherford and his attorney plan to fight back against Judge Christopher Wagner’s mandate. Wagner is not the only judge to require COVID vaccination, as fellow Ohio county Judge Richard Frye has also ordered it in Franklin County. 

“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
And the prey of the terrible be delivered;
For I will contend with him who contends with you,
And I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25

“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,” Wagner reportedly told Rutherford. Wagner is a member of the Democratic Party and first took office in January 2021. 

“I don’t plan on getting it. I don’t want it,” Rutherford told WCPO. “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.” 

Rutherford said he has been avoiding trouble and wants to find work, but is worried about being sent to jail because he won’t take the vaccine. He is concerned that a prison record will make it harder for him to amend his life. He could spend 18 months in prison if he refuses to get vaccinated. Read More