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Florida Judge Frees Domestic Abuser, Orders Him To Take His Wife To Bowling And Red Lobster

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The Sun-Sentinel reports that Florida judge John “Jay” Hurley came up with an unorthodox remedy recently when confronted with a case of domestic abuse. “Instead of setting bond or keeping Joseph Bray locked up, he ordered him to treat his spouse to dinner, a bowling date and then to undergo marriage counseling.” Hurley was quite specific about what the accused batterer should do: first step, pick up flowers. “And then he’s going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed, take her to Red Lobster. And then after they have Red Lobster, they’re going to go bowling,” Hurley said in court. The judge dubbed the abuse a “minor incident” based on the report that Bray pushed his wife onto their couch and put his hand on her neck, then held up his fist to her “but never struck her.”