This actually happened last month, but I decided to save it for Valentine’s Day…
In Syracuse, New York, Nicole Osbourne was in court facing a felony assault charge. Also in the courtroom was her boyfriend, Theodore Murphy, which was a bit of a surprise because Osbourne also had a pending domestic assault charge — in front of the same judge — and Murphy had obtained a court order against Osbourne, preventing her from having any direct or indirect contact with him.
You have to know where this is going, right? Murphy asked Osbourne’s lawyer to pass along a message: Will you marry me?
The judge reminded Osbourne that she was prohibited by law from responding but in the interest of true romance, the prosecutor asked the judge to amend the order of protection to allow her to answer; and, tears in her eyes, she accepted.
If this were a movie, the judge would have married them on the spot; instead, the judge advised the happy couple that since he’s presiding over her trials, he wouldn’t be able to do the honors.
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