Judge marries defendant while jury's out

May 29, 2009 9:54:24 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia man asked a judge to perform a wedding ceremony while the jury in the man's criminal trial was still deliberating the verdict.

Twenty-year-old Timothy Zalut, of Doylestown, was on trial on assault charges this week in Bucks County Court. When it appeared that he might have to go to jail, Zalut decided to tie the knot with his fiancee, Hayley Dykstra.

Senior Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp, of Perry County, was presiding over the trial. He agreed to perform the ceremony in chambers while the jury was still out.

Dykstra said, "We wanted to get married, and we were worried that we wouldn't get the chance."

A plea bargain finally brought the trial to a halt and Rehkamp sentenced Zalut to five years of probation.

Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.phillyburbs.com

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