Divorcing couple shares handcuffs

Saturday, February 23, 2002

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- A judge ordered an estranged couple handcuffed together and jailed during a divorce hearing.

When Sabrena and Kirk Smith's stories contradicted each other during a hearing Jan. 25, Muskegon County Judge Gregory Pittman ordered them cuffed together and shackled to a holding cell bench "until somebody decides that they're going to not lie to the court."

After the couple's lawyers conferred with the judge, Sabrena Smith dropped a complaint that her husband had violated a protection order. They were released about a half-hour later.

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