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Judge: Buy wife flowers, then take her to dinner

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Posted: Feb 8, 2012 12:32 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: happy birthday, South Florida, domestic violence, Joseph Bray, birthday card, flowers, Red Lobster, marriage counselor, WBRZ

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A spat over forgetting to wish his wife a happy birthday landed a South Florida man in jail on domestic violence charges.

When Judge "Jay" Hurley heard the circumstances that brought 47-year-old Joseph Bray to bond court Tuesday, he issued a unique ruling.

Hurley ordered Bray to buy a birthday card and flowers for his wife before taking her to dinner at Red Lobster and bowling afterward. Hurley ruled the couple should begin seeing a marriage counselor immediately.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Hurley felt this was a "better resolution" since the incident was minor and Bray had no prior arrests. Bray's wife told the judge she's not afraid of her husband.

A police report indicates Bray pushed his wife during an argument but never hit her.

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