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Wife-Slapping Man Sentenced to Yoga

Thanks to the reader who brought this Houston judge’s unusual sentence to our attention. The case was publicized some in January, but I missed it. Today, I tried and failed to find James Lee Cross through Houston directory assistance. I’d like to know if he has thus far experienced any of yoga’s benefits.
Anyway, here’s the original story: Judge Larry Standley of Houston ordered a man convicted of slapping his wife to take a yoga class as part of his one-year probation.
Read more about it here.

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Katherine Desai

posted June 26, 2007 at 10:24 am

Wow! This sounds like an enlightened judge. I like this guy – new solutions to old problems that haven’t been responding well to our old ways of working with them….. Hurrah!
What if all our inmates for serious crimes were sentenced to mindfulness and yoga for X years? There is some research conducted through Jon Kabat- Zinn and his Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society
What if ?…. All parents had to take mindfulness before they could take their children home from the hospital? What if pre-schoolers and elementary school age children were taught mindfulness skills in school?
What if all societal leaders had to be a mindfulness “master” before they could take office?
Many of the techniques of mindfulness were part of the practice of the mystics of all religions ….. so it would be non-religious – just a skill of holding presence in the now- and then consciously deciding how to be with a problem or to act upon it….
Our society would look very different in a few years.

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Judge Larry Standley, Houston TX.

posted August 10, 2007 at 1:45 am

I Took a little heat on this sentence locally due to one media outlet totally making it look like all I did was give a “wife beater” Yoga. Under the specific facts of this case however, I stand by my decision. AS the detailed interview from CNN clearly shows there was much more to the sententence. The defendant STILL had to satisfy all regular conditions of a one year probation, plus community service, domestic violence counseling IN ADDITION to the YOGS twice a week. I am proud to say that Mr. Cross ultimately sucessfully completed his probation. The probation was an agreed upon “plea agreement” between the prosecution and defense…I just tacked on the yoga as a condition of the probation. If the guy was truly violent the prosecution would never have recommended probation in the first place – no trial, agreed plea bargain which I approved. Tnank You for your interest.
Judge Larry Standley
County Criminal Court
Houston, Texas

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