Woman Sterilized At Judge’s Urging Before Sentencing

At the suggestion of an Oklahoma federal judge, an admitted drug user involved in a counterfeit check ring underwent a medical procedure preventing her from having more children. Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the elective procedure after Judge Stephen Friot said he could consider it at her sentencing, which is set for Thursday,

At the suggestion of an Oklahoma federal judge, an admitted drug user involved in a counterfeit check ring underwent a medical procedure preventing her from having more children, The Oklahoman reports. Summer Thyme Creel, 34, had the elective procedure in November after Judge Stephen Friot said he could consider it at her sentencing if she chose to do so. Her sentencing is now set for Thursday. In making his unusual suggestion, he said Creel had given up her parental rights to six of her seven children and likely had used illegal drugs while pregnant with some of them. “She voluntarily wanted to do it,” said her court-appointed defense attorney, Brett Behenna.

A prosecutor is urging the judge not to consider the procedure as a factor at sentencing. “Creel not only has a fundamental constitutional right to procreate … but she admits that she had an interest in an elective sterilization procedure even before the court’s order,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Perry. “Furthermore, Creel’s decision to have (or not have) additional children is sufficiently removed from the type of criminal activity involved in this case that such a factor is irrelevant to determining a sentence.” Creel has a lengthy criminal record involving theft and counterfeit check crimes. She pleaded guilty a year ago for using a $202.22 counterfeit check at a Walmart in 2014.

from https://thecrimereport.org