Criminal Justice

Domestic Defendant Freed on Orders to Undergo Counseling, Take His Wife to Red Lobster

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A Florida man charged in a domestic incident was freed without bond on orders that he undergo marriage counseling with his wife and treat her to a night out at Red Lobster and the bowling alley.

Joseph Bray of Plantation was accused in an incident that allegedly began when he failed to acknowledge his wife’s birthday, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Bray was accused of pushing his wife on the couch, holding his hand to her throat, and clenching his hand in a fist as if to hit her.

Bray’s wife attended the bond hearing and told Judge John “Jay” Hurley of Fort Lauderdale that she was not afraid of her husband, the story says. Hurley asked the woman what she liked to do, and he tailored the release conditions based on her answer.

“Flowers, birthday card, Red Lobster, bowling,” he said.

Hurley said he would not have ordered the night out if the charges had been more serious. “It was a minor incident, in the court’s opinion,” he said.

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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