Judge Tells Husband: Buy Flowers, Take Wife To Red Lobster

Broward County Circuit Court Judge John Hurley Also Ordered Couple Undergo Counseling

A judge in Florida ordered an unusual sentence this week for a man accused of domestic violence.

Broward County Circuit Court Judge John Hurley ordered 47-year-old Joseph Bray of Plantation, Fla., to buy his wife flowers, take her out to dinner and take her bowling.

"Ma'am, are you in fear if he's going to cause any harm to you if he comes home, do you want him to come home?" Hurley asked Bray's wife.

"I want him to come home," she told the judge.

"I'm not going to do no contact," Hurley announced in court.

"He's going to be out of jail by 3 p.m. today and he's going to stop by somewhere, and he's going to get some flowers," Hurley said.

The defendant laughed and shook his head as the judge continued.

"He's going to get a card, he's going to get flowers, and then he's going to go home and 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.

The judge told Bray that in lieu of posting bond, he wanted the couple to sit down and figure out where they were going to go for counseling.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Bray's wife told Hurley the couple's fight started after her husband didn't acknowledge her birthday. She told the judge she didn't get hurt during the argument.

See the video of the sentencing.

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