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Chicago Judge Officiates Inmate's Wedding

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Chicago Judge Officiates Inmate's Wedding

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Tharvin Benitez was standing in a Chicago courtroom in handcuffs and orange prison fatigues. Benitez was before a judge facing 30 years in prison on drug charges. His girlfriend was expecting a baby, and he asked the judge to please officiate the wedding before she delivered.

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Good morning. I'm David Greene.

Tharvin Benitez and Jessica Ortiz had one strange wedding. The groom was standing in a Chicago courtroom in handcuffs and orange prison fatigues. Benitez was before a judge facing 30 years in prison on drug charges. He's also expecting a baby and asked the judge to please officiate the I-dos before his girlfriend delivers. The judge performed the ceremony. No kissing, though. A prison inmate can't touch a visitor. That includes his bride.

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