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Drunk driver gets the "good" book thrown at her by judge

A South Carolina woman who pleaded guilty to DUI charges received a sentence of biblical proportions.

The Circuit Court judge gave the woman, 28, eight years in prison to be followed by five years of probation as well as counseling for substance abuse. The unusual? The judge also instructed her to read the book of Job from the Old Testament of the Bible and write a summary.

Police arrested the woman following an accident on Nov. 12, 2011. Her blood-alcohol content measured 0.33. The woman admitted she was driving drunk and the travelling the wrong way on the road when she struck a car, seriously injuring two men. More than six months later, the men still are struggling to recover from their injuries, according to reports.

When she pleaded guilty to the DUI, she told the court that she was a Christian. Her attorney said the woman agreed to the unusual order of summarizing the book of Job and that she already had started to work on the task and appeared to have found comfort in it.

The woman had confided in her pastor and her lawyer that she started drinking because of childhood physical abuse. At age 11, a relative covered her in gasoline before setting her on fire, according to media reports.

While the judge would not talk to the media about his sentence, the woman's pastor said assigning the woman to learn more about Job was a good choice. The book of Job talks about persevering despite horrible occurrences.

Legal experts said that while the judge typically does not have the powers to attach such a stipulation to a sentence, the woman's compliance made it acceptable.

Source: Huffington Post, "Cassandra Tolley Ordered To Read, Summarize Bible's Book Of Job For DUI In South Carolina," Kyle McGovern, July 5, 2012

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