Liberty Journal

Judges Order Defendants to Get Vaccinated! So Much for Civil Rights.

he defendant was charged with a number of minor crimes, including drug possession and shoplifting. He was prepared to plead guilty, and prosecutors agreed. But a Bronx judge approving the deal added his own unusual condition.

The defendant had to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A week later, a Manhattan judge made the same order, this time of a woman seeking bail before a trial.

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Neither defendant appeared to object. But legal observers said the two judges’ orders — made in different courts and for different reasons — raise important questions about the line between civic responsibility and civil liberties.

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