Tyler Alred, 17, was behind the wheel when he crashed his truck into a tree, killing his friend in the passenger seat. Alred had only a small amount of alcohol in his system, but because he's a minor, he was charged with a DUI. However, a judge in Oklahoma has spared the teen from going to jail, instead giving him a deferred sentence that requires him to attend church for the next 10 years, graduate high school, and submit to drug and alcohol tests, among other requirements. "All of that stuff makes sense," says Maria Guido at Mommyish. "But you lost me at attending church."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
- Don't blame Chuck Hagel: Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster from end to end
- Chuck Hagel wasn't the problem. It's America's addiction to endless war.
- 13 vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving
Subscribe to the Week