The Law: Values in Oklahoma

Can a price be put on chastity? Yes, said a Tulsa jury. Mrs. Lavonda Hardesty was understandably incensed when her husband sued to annul their two-week-old marriage because he was not legally free from a previous marriage. Lavonda, 18, then sued her ex-husband for loss of chastity on which she put a price tag of $40,000. Last week the jury (nine women, three men) cut the price but went on to vote $500 in punitive damages and $2,000 in actual damages.

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