Judge gives Chatsworth man pass for stealing church clothes
CHATSWORTH, GA. (AP) - A Whitfield County judge has shown leniency to a Chatsworth man whose wife says he attempted to shoplift dress clothes so he could attend church.
The Daily Citizen reports that 51-year-old Stanley Wade Dyer appeared last week before retired Superior Court Judge Coy Temples . He was accused of violating his probation by attempting to shoplift.
Dyer's wife told the judge that her husband could not go back to jail because he would lose his job and the insurance coverage for an upcoming knee surgery. She said Dyer needed a dress shirt and belt to attend church.
The judge told Dyer that most churches have dropped strict dress codes, gave him credit for three days that he served in jail and released him on probation.