Ohio judge orders man to get vaccinated as part of probation


FILE – In this March 29, 2021 file photo, a worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati judge has ordered a man who pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge to show proof he’s been vaccinated as a condition of his probation.

A transcript of the Wednesday hearing shows Common Pleas Judge Christopher Wagner told 21-year-old Brandon Rutherford he needed to provide proof of vaccination to his probation officer within two months.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to fentanyl possession in June.

Wagner issued a statement Friday saying fentanyl is deadlier than vaccines and COVID.

Defense attorney Carl Lewis told WCPO-TV that if Wagner believes he has that authority to issue such an order “we’ll have a legal issue to address.”

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