"I do, so I don't go to jail."
After Josten Bundy threw a few punches at his 19-year-old girlfriends ex-boyfriend, the cops were called and Bundy was brought into a criminal court. There, Judge Randall Rogers sentenced him to some counseling and writing bible verses, which is probably outside the realm of the law anyway.
Then Judge Rogers said he required the couple to get married in 30 days or Bundy would spent 15 days in jail.
KLTV described the events that led to the bizarre court order:
"[The ex-boyfriend] had been saying disrespectful things about Elizabeth, so I challenged him to a fight," said Bundy. "He stepped in and I felt like it was on and I hit him in the jaw twice."
Bundy said the ex-boyfriend did not require medical attention, but pressed assault charges.
"I took matters into my own hands and I know that's wrong," Bundy said. "I know I was raised better, but it happened."
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Randall Rogers asked Bundy about the fight.
"Is she worth it?" Judge Rogers asked Bundy, according to court transcripts.
The girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, was rightfully embarrassed by the display the judge put on in the court.
"My face was so red, people behind me were laughing," said Jaynes. "[The judge] made me stand up in court."
Afraid of Bundy losing his job if he spent two weeks behind bars, the couple applied for their marriage license and scheduled a date with the justice of the peace to get married.
The couple said they were fine with getting married, but the quick deadline on the event meant that they couldn't plan the wedding they wanted. For instance, Jaynes' dad couldn't come and Bundy's sisters couldn't attend either.
Of course, this isn't legal. KLTV asked constitutional lawyer Attorney Blake Bailey, who blasted the probation requirements.
"To say you're not going to be criminally punished if you get married is way out of left field," said Bailey. "It sounds like the old days of shotgun weddings, but not even the judge is capable of enforcing, what he thinks is best for some people in his court."
All you can do is hope everything works out for this match made in a courthouse. And hope someone gets rid of that judge quick.