The Oklahoma chapter of the America Civil Liberties Union is filing a complaint against Muskogee County District Judge Mike Norman who sentenced a teen convicted of manslaughter to church.
17-year-old Tyler Alred was sentenced to 10 years of attending church among other conditions instead of jail after a manslaughter conviction.
Ryan Keisel, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the ACLU, says the church requirement clearly violates the First Amendment and they're filing a complaint against the judge.
“It is shocking that a judge would so blatantly ignore the First Amendment, which at a minimum prevents the government from forcing church attendance and from interfering in deeply personal matters of faith,” said Kiesel.
The ACLU's complaint says Norman violated Oklahoma’s Code of Judicial Conduct which requires judges to “uphold and apply the law."
Alred's defense attorney Donn Baker said after sentencing that the church requirement is unusual, but he won't challenge it and that Alred currently attends church regularly.
In August, Alred pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a December 2011 auto accident that killed 16-year-old John Luke Dum.