I have lately started watching Judge Judy and am curious about the logistics of the show. Do they fly the people in or do they just use cases in the area where they film. I can''t believe they are able to find such stupid people to come on the show.
They fly people into LA, which is funny since the background footage is NYC.\
They go on because they''re poor, OP. The losers don''t actually pay for their losses -- the show does.
Wow I can see them paying expenses to fly the people in but paying their fine as well that surprises me.
I think Judge Judy is the best judge, but she seems to dismiss cases too often. Especially if they talk out of a turn.%0D\
I wouldn''t go on Judge Judy, but she''s great to watch.
OP, it''s how they get the people to come on; outside of being on TV what incentive would a person have for appearing on the show.%0D\
They know that if they lose the show will pay; people who know they''re likely to lose have all the more incentive to come on.%0D\
The max is like 5 grand; so the show is out maybe an extra 10 grand for each show.%0D\
That''s a lot less than paying salaries for 20 actors.
Agree that Judy is the queen of day tv judges. I don''t watch anyone else.
[quote]paying their fine as well that surprises me%0D\
They supply the entertainment value that drives revenue for the show. They should get some type of compensation for the value they bring to the show.
[quote]I can''t believe they are able to find such stupid people to come on the show.\
Believe me, there''s never a shortage.
Has anyone caught Nancy Grace''s daytime courtroom show? She makes the people on her show take a polygraph.
And it works out quite nicely for her. She''s practically a billionaire & has yacht vacations with Baba Wawa.\
Sometimes her ratings are even higher than Oprah''s.\
She plans to retire next year.\
I like her. She''s the only person on TV who cuts through the bullshit and tells it like it is. She''s smart & she doesn''t ham. Her natural personality is more interesting than all those other dumb phonies.
In order to ensure a full audience, the producers of Judge Judy hire extras who compose the entire gallery. Once all the cases are through, all of the audience members receive payment. The extras must not dress casually, and no logos or brand names may be visible on their clothing. Extras are also instructed to appear as if they are having discussions with each other before and after each case, so the bailiff may make such announcements as "Order! All rise" and "Parties are excused; you may step out." As far as the court cases are concerned, however, what is seen on Judge Judy is neither staged nor scripted. The plaintiffs have actually sued the defendants, and those very cases are heard and decided upon by Judith Sheindlin. The court show acquires cases by people submitting claims into them via their website or phone number.%0D
The producers' employees call both parties and ask them questions about their case to make sure it is suitable for Judge Judy. If the parties agree to be on the show and sign a waiver, agreeing that arbitration in Sheindlin's court is final and cannot be pursued elsewhere (unless she dismisses the lawsuit without prejudice), their case will air on Judge Judy. The award limit on Judge Judy, as on most "syndi-court" shows (and most small claims courts in the U.S.), is $5,000. The award for each judgment is paid by the producers of the show, from a fund reserved for each case. About forty percent of the cases are money judgments, while the remaining sixty percent are either dismissed or involve an order for an exchange of property.%0D
Both the plaintiff and the defendant receive $100 for their appearance as well as $35 a day, paid to them by the show. The litigants' stay lasts for the number of days that the show does taping for that week, which is two or three days. In addition, the airfare (or other means of travel) and hotel expenses of the litigants and their witnesses are covered by the show. If there is an exchange of property, Sheindlin signs an order, and a sheriff or marshal oversees the exchange. There are no lawyers present, and participants defend themselves on Judge Judy, as is standard in a small claims court. Sheindlin sees only a half-page complaint and a defense response prior to the taping of the cases, sometimes only moments before. Most of the cases, not including any footage deleted to meet the time constraints of the show, usually last anywhere from twelve to forty-five minutes.%0D
Three days every other week (two weeks a month), Sheindlin and her producers tape the court show. They usually produce ten to twelve cases for each day they tape the show. A week's worth of episodes consists of approximately ten cases. Anywhere from thirty to thirty-six cases are filmed over the three days they tape per week. However, Sheindlin and her producers sometimes only tape five cases per day and two days per week. The show has fifty-two taping days a year. For each season, some 650 claims are brought to the set to be presided over by Judge Judy. This means approximately 8,450 claims have been brought to Judith Sheindlin's Hollywood set as of the end of its thirteenth season (2008%E2%80%9309).%0D
For the most part, cases are taped all throughout the year except for two breaks Sheindlin and all of the members of her show have for the year. One of the two breaks includes an extra week off in December, as the show is only taped one week out of that month because of the holidays. The other break is from mid-July (only taping one week in July) and all through August. According to members of the show, the reason for this break is because people are more interested in taking vacations than in filing lawsuits around that time.%0D
Altogether, there are 260 new episodes per season of Judge Judy. There is at least one new episode for every weekday...%0D
Judge Judy tapes at the Sunset Bronson Studios, on Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California. Every other week, Sheindlin flies out on her private jet to tape Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
I despise that bitch!\
She is rude, condescending, and half the time goes off half-cocked once she''s made her mind, rightly or wrongly, about the merits of a case.\
I am surprised that someone over the years has not landed a punch in the old harpy''s mouth.\
I for one would L-O-V-E to ... BAM! Right in the kisser!
[quote]Sheindlin sees only a half-page complaint and a defense response prior to the taping of the cases, sometimes only moments before. \
She seems well-versed in the cases. She''s good at calling people out when their verbal testimony doesn''t match their sworn written testimony.
Judge Judy and Oprah are on at the same time. If Oprah has nobody intesting, I will switch to Judge Judy.
The biggest idiots are litigants who agree to surrunder some piece of property rather than "pay" (IE have the show pay on their behalf) a judgment.
[quote]I like her. She''s the only person on TV who cuts through the bullshit and tells it like it is. She''s smart & she doesn''t ham. Her natural personality is more interesting than all those other dumb phonies.\
I agree! I like her. Doesn''t Judge Joe Brown sound like he''s drunk and wants to let out a loud disgusting belch as well as jack off under his robe when there are strippers before him?
I wish someone would sneek a gun in shoot the ugly old bitch. Shoot her dead. THAT I''d watch!
[quote]She is rude, condescending, and half the time goes off half-cocked once she''s made her mind, rightly or wrongly, about the merits of a case.%0D\
I wouldn''t say half the time... maybe like 15-20% of the time she rushes to judgment and goes off. Occasionally when she''s wrong she''ll realize and back off, but not often.%0D\
Still, I love her just the same. She is a brilliant interviewer, meaning her ability to get the info she needs. I''m a lawyer and know how hard that can be, and she''s fantastic at it.
Hmmmm is not an answer !
It''s actually, "Uhmmmm"
"Don''t look over there, look over here!"\
"I ask questions I don''t answer them."\
I''ve seen her judge in favor of people to whom she was hostile. \
She has a few good "teachable" moments, like:\
"You''re living with him and you see how many children he has that he''s not paying for? He''ll do the same thing to you. Don''t have kids with him."\
"Your son is watching you, sir, answer very carefully."\
"That''s not reasonable to me, madam, and if it''s not reasonable IT DIDN''T HAPPEN."
Defendant: Your honor?%0D\
Judy Judy: WWHHHAAAAAT?
Case is dismissed
I can''t believe anyone actually "likes" her. The show is entertaining in a "house fire" sort of way. But she''s an absolutely horrible person who takes enormous pleasure in humiliating and denigrating other human beings. I don''t understand how anyone can watch her everyday. She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever. She''s just a "mean old lady" stereotype, with that bizarrely stretched "Brazil" face. It''s disappointing that people find her sort of cruelty "entertaining", though I do get it at some level. It''s like torture porn for the geriatric set.
Case is dismissed"\
"Well, you''re gonna care about this, Bitch!" \
(Bam! Right in the kisser!)
"Brilliant" interviewer????! Ummm, no. She just bullies people into silence. She controls the proceedings,and makes a great Stalin-esque figure, if you''re into the fascistic denigration of people.But I can''t imagine her being the tiniest bit "judicial" in any way that''s remotely fair, intuitive, or precisely analytical. She''s just an overwrought pitbull who thinks she can "read" things in people''s eyes. She''s nuts.
LOVE Judge Judy, but would still like to do some very naughty things to Judge Alex. his fingers are humongous.
I was actually on The Peoples Court when Judys husband, Judge Jerry, presided over the show/court...thats another story...we did get thrown out of court though....\
Judy and her husband live in Westchester County NY, near Yorktown, and are seen around town having dinner together at various restaurants and all that have witnessed say the exact same thing upon quizzing- they spend the entire time NOT speaking to each other- they eat in complete silence and seem like strangers who just happen to sit next to each other. Not a word.....pleasant to waiters, though, she just doesnt suffer fools gladly, and that sums that up......
[quote]I can't believe anyone actually "likes" her. The show is entertaining in a "house fire" sort of way. But she's an absolutely horrible person who takes enormous pleasure in humiliating and denigrating other human beings. I don't understand how anyone can watch her everyday. She's a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever. She's just a "mean old lady" stereotype, with that bizarrely stretched "Brazil" face. It's disappointing that people find her sort of cruelty "entertaining", though I do get it at some level. It's like torture porn for the geriatric set.
Interesting post, r23, but have you ever actually seen the show? Because she's not a mean old lady (not exaclty a "feminist" characterization), her face is not bizarrely stretched (attacking her looks isn't very feminist, either), and her show is not cruel.
JJ has less "house fire" element to it than most daytime shows (Phil is the worst). It's fascinating to watch her discern who is lying, who is telling the truth, and who is in between. Most people have a hard time lying to her, though there are those who stick to their guns. Most of these unfortunates do get torn to shreds, but not all of them.
One can learn some good tactics from JJ. The main lesson from her show, to me, is always do the right thing & you won't get into these kinds of messes. Don't delude yourself like some of the losers on her show.
It also shows you what to look out for in others -- what they're capable of doing. How they can try to rip you off & then try to justify it.
JJ has counseled some families that were fighting amongst themselves. She's not as bad as you think.
Nice try, R28, but unlike you, many folks are not as enamored of Judge Judy as you seem to be.\
I would never watch her show in hopes of learning anything, unless it was to learn about to be a curt, idiotic shrew.
R28= demented fanboy.\
I put "mean old lady stereotype" in quotations, dear. It''s a performance she''s giving. you completely missed my point.\
Commenting on her appearance is not sexist- I comment on guys'' appearances too. I did not say she was fat, or comment on her breasts. I said that her facelift makes her look a bit bizarre. I don''t like facelifts on ANYONE.\
I don''t know where you''re getting this nonsense about how she helps people. The whole point of the show is that she rips people to shreds for the viewers'' entertainment. It''s not a show about her "helping people". Clearly YOU don''t watch it.\
She''s an evil nut. She once said that all people with drug addiction should be given needles full of AIDS so we could get rid of them. If that''s your saint, hon, I''m worried about YOU.
She has high ratings so, yeah, many folks [italic]are[/italic] quite enamored with her.\
r29, look. I know she''s not high-minded TV. We all have guilty pleasures, and JJ''s mine. I can''t live off PBS alone.
what is the male equivalent for "shrew," anyway
[quote]One can learn some good tactics from JJ. The main lesson from her show, to me, is always do the right thing & you won''t get into these kinds of messes. Don''t delude yourself like some of the losers on her show. %0D\
Also: Never let a friend drive your car, never put a cell phone in your name for anyone, don''t expect your boyfriend to pay you back if you pay his bail...
There''s a lot of faulty logic in her arguments. One of her favorite sayings is "If it doesn''t make sense, it isn''t true." Lots of true things don''t make sense, like Justin Bieber being popular.%0D\
[quote] She once said that all people with drug addiction should be given needles full of AIDS so we could get rid of them.\
If it doesn''t make sense, it isn''t true! That statement is NOT true!
When I was in college, a friend of my boyfriend appeared on Judge Judy with his ex-boyfriend. The friend''s ex applied to be on the show in lieu of going to small claims court and the ex agreed.
She has enough lighting underneath her face to make Erich Von Stroheim take notes. Whenever I watch her, it reminds me of my youth going camping and we would take turns telling each other ghost stories while holding flashlights underneath our chins.
R29, I disagree; if one looks beyond all her smart remarks she makes a lot of sense.%0D\
Don''t hook up with losers.%0D\
Don''t take advantage of people.%0D\
Don''t let yourself be taken advantage of.%0D
r25, if you knew anything about the law, you''d understand that Judy is a brilliant interviewer. Specific pieces of info are needed to reach a legal conclusion (an easy example: in contract law, a contract does not exist unless there has been an agreement between the two parties) and she starts her line of questioning far back enough that litigants have already basically admitted what she needs to know before she asks about it.%0D\
To illustrate using the above easy example, Judy will ask questions that reveal that X never actually spoke to Y before concluding that money he gave Y would be paid back to him. Once she''s heard that, she knows there was no agreement between X and Y. It sounds easy but it is actually pretty difficult, and she really is excellent at it.
per r39, JJ starts out asking innocuous questions that the defendants feel safe to answer freely. when the questioning gets tough, and they try to lie, JJ can easily call them out because their demeanor changes. one lady had a rash break out on her neck when she lied, and JJ pointed it out.
R35- it IS true, asswipe. Look it up.\
R39- if you knew anything about ANYTHING you''d be much less of a moron. A "brilliant" interviewer who BARELY interviews anyone, and just PRESUMES everything. You''re a truly ridiculous person.
R35- "Give them dirty needles and let them die". Her exact statement. Yes, she''s a brilliant legal mind.
r41, lol at you. Lay off the caps lock and get some sleep, toots.
There''s one lady ( the black lady with curly hair) in the audience who''s ALWAYS there. You can see her mugging in the background to make sure she''s on camera. I swear it''s her full time job.
R43- go fuck yourself, asshole.
oh and R43- defending "judge judy", dear? You need some sleep, hon. Desperately.
From Larry King Live -
KING: Before we talk about Lindsay Lohan, a number of recent cases of bullying of gays. Why do you think gays are targeted? Why should we bully someone who has a different sexual preference through new desire? I mean we never know why someone is gay or hetero.
SHEINDLIN: I actually don't know the answer to that question. But I think it's --
KING: Judge Judy does not --
SHEINDLIN: But it's interesting to note that gay men are usually not bullied by women. They're usually targeted by other men. And maybe it's because there is a certain insecurity by those men. That somehow in their own twisted way are concerned that maybe people think that that could be me, how do you tell the difference? What kind of behavior is that?
You don't find the same kind of bullying of lesbian women by women. Isn't that an oddity? You don't hear about it much. You hear about it by men. And gay men.
I don't know the answer. I don't -- it's wrong and it shouldn't be and people should be free to live their lives based upon how they feel most comfortable.
KING: You officiated, by the way, at the wedding of Michael Feinstein.
SHEINDLIN: I did.
KING: You're terrific --
SHEINDLIN: And Michael Feinstein --
KING: Do you think we're on the way to gay marriage nationwide?
SHEINDLIN: Well, I certainly hope so. I hope that no person in this country should be deprived of basic -- some basic rights because of their ethnicity, their gender, their color, their race. Anything.
You work hard. You pay your taxes. You're a good citizen. You vote. You are a functioning member of a community. What difference does it make if you are gay or straight? To me, it's none. And I know to you, none.
SHEINDLIN: Well, you want to be -- let''s not talk about Lindsay Lohan in particular. Let''s talk about what my view is on people who have drug or substance -- or other substance abuse problems. If you do that in your house and drink yourself to death, that''s your problem. And if you want to shoot yourself up with heroin in your house or snort cocaine in your house, and kill yourself, that''s your problem. When you take that alcohol outside and get behind a wheel of a car, and place other people at risk, that''s not your problem anymore. You may be an addict, but now you''re an addict that''s placed other people at risk. And if you want to kill yourself, that''s fine. But if you have a child and because you''re a crack head, you bring some boyfriend into your house that beats and starves and strangles your two-year-old, that''s the court''s problem, even though you''re an addict.\
And it''s not an excuse. Being an addict is not an excuse if you have placed the public at risk.
Big yea vote here for JJ...I leave it to y''all to bicker.\
I could care less if ya don''t like her and neither does she!!
I''ll never forget watching Judge Wopner on The People''s Court when he kept telling a defendent to "calm down," and "take it easy, please" and finally said, in a highly exasperated tone, "Why are you so nervous? You''re trembling!" and the guy said, "Your honor, I have Parkinson''s disease..."
She might be a "brilliant interviewer"; I don''t know, I''ve only seen her show when I''m stuck waiting at the doctor''s office where it seems to be on all the time. And she may have fabulously progressive social ideas. If a judge ever treated me or one of my clients in his/her courtroom the way she treats people who appear before her, I would report her to the judicial conduct commission. \
I can''t stand those shows. They give people the idea that what goes on in a courtroom is drama and excitement, and then you get a great offer for them and they want to go to court so they can tell their stories and have the judge scream at their opponent, and then they''re disappointed when they lose in front of a judge who is half asleep and fidgeting due to his hemorrhoids. Then they blame their lawyer.
R51, she got her show by the same treatment you say you''d report. She had a huge segment on "60 Minutes" and got JJ as a result. The "60 Minutes" piece showed a lawyer getting a "Where is the document?" grilling from JJ and after she sits down, humiliated, the lawyer clearly mouths "bitch."
Here''s JJ''s side of the dirty needles quote:\
[quote]Sheindlin released two public statements on her web site responding to the controversy. In a press statement, she said: "Anybody who thinks that I would advocate the government supplying tainted needles to addicts is a fool - and that includes journalists with an agenda. What I do oppose is a policy which even tacitly sends the message that we, as a society, approve or condone drug use and that includes free needles and a government sponsored place to shoot up." Sheindlin also told the New York Post: "If they''re looking for me to say I''m sorry to the families who lost children or loved ones [to AIDS or drugs] -- absolutely. I feel badly if words that I used hurt them. But am I going to apologize to a [drug advocacy] group that has an agenda -- absolutely not. This group has an agenda, and that''s legalizing drugs." Sheindlin added that she didn''t remember her exact, original quote, but said it was changed or taken out of context.
She''s still a rude, denigrating, TV-jurist-for-hire whose whole schtick is demeaning and talking down to the unfortunates who appear on her show.\
That''s it -- that''s her in a nutshell.
I used to do background for all the judge shows in LA and yes r44, some people do every show.
what''s the money like, r5?\
JJ is awesome. Much better than that stupid bint trying to be charismatic on the People''s Court.
R54 needs to give it a rest.
"The losers don''t actually pay for their losses -- the show does."\
So what''s the point of the show? They aren''t actually having to take financial responsibility for their actions then.
[quote]So what''s the point of the show?%0D\
Entertainment. No one cares that the litigants learned their lesson or otherwise.
Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?
Definitely not a fan of hers. She''s basically the same as Dr. Phil and Nancy Grace - loud mouth, condescending, self-righteous host who gets ratings because of that fact.
[quote]Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?%0D\
Because they deserve some compensation for embarassing themselves on television.
That''s not the point, R63.\
The point of tort law is that the guilty defendant should have to pay the plaintiff out of his own pocket.
[quote]She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever.\
Karla Marx, your time has come and gone.
[quote]Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?\
Because it''s not a real court. It''s arbitration that the parties have agreed to.\
The money is their pay for appearing on TV. Otherwise they would have to appear for free and also maybe pay a judgement -- why would anyone go on the show then?
[quote]She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever... Karla Marx, your time has come and gone.\
No, I agree, she has forgotten her roots. I''ve heard her scream, "It''s only $200, get over it!". To A LOT of people $200 is a lot of money who don''t make $50 million a year as she does. She has lost the perspective of being the working class as she was 25 years ago.
I love JJ, but I admit that I get irked when she shows a lack of perspective when it comes to the job market and economy. A very, very small number of litigants she seems to sympathetic that finding a job is not easy these days at all. OTOH, she gets an inordinate number of folks on disability for ridiculous reasons - headaches, anxiety, cramps. Very, very few litigants on disability have a valid disability. I love it when the woman collecting disability for 7, 8, 9 years because of a back injury and has given birth all while on disability for their bad back. Can''t take orders at McDonalds but can have sex, get pregnant and run after toddlers.\
When I think of it that way, it kind of balances out.
I''d pay to watch her bludgeoned to death and her remains set on fire.
My ex loved her show and her. My ex was a sociopath who loved humiliating people.
I think it still goes on their record, r59. And if not for money then why would litigants agree to go on her show?\
r42, you''re quick to hold a grudge about some TV personality fool. I''ve seen a lot worse than that said day after day after day here on DL and nobody cares.
"My ex loved her show and her. My ex was a sociopath who loved humiliating people."%0D\
You hooked up with a "sociopath who loved humiliating people?" You must be pretty damn stupid.%0D\
As for Judge Judy...well, she doesn''t suffer fools gladly. And the plaintiffs and defendants who come before her tend to insufferable fools. She lets them have it, and they deserve it. I guess the namby-pamby posters who dislike her think she should treat the losers and fuck-ups in her courtroom with utmost kindness and gentleness. Well, fuck that! She just tells them the truth and if it hurts, tough shit. %0D\
[quote]The award for each judgment is paid by the producers of the show, from a fund reserved for each case.\
What does that mean?\
I always thought each case had a $5,000 pot, with the winner getting $2,500 plus the cash award and the loser getting the rest.
I am beginning to think some of the posters in this thread are related to the entertainer, dba "Judge Judy."
Or perhaps Judith herself is posting some of this ....
Seriously, you learn "teachable moments" from this woman that you already do not instinctively know?
You marvel at the way she can efficiently gig people with the holes in their testimonies that anyone could drive a truck through?
The bottom line is that her syndicator has a ratings winner in most day-parts in which her show airs in most markets.
For this she is paid gobs of money to cursorily consider cases and figure out a way to make people appearing on her "show" look like fools. This makes for good television, you see?
It's just a twist on the Jerry Springer formula, but with a legal patina.
I usually catch the last five minutes while I wait for the local newscast to come on in my market.
I am proud to say I have never watched more than a few minutes of one her shows ... but what I have seen tells me all I need to know about what her schtick is about.
My older brother, the attorney, loves her though. There is no accounting for taste, I suppose.
Totally agree with R11. The woman has done NOTHING but teach people that you can make millions, yes, even billions by being incredibly rude, nasty, and condescending to others.\
The bitch is a BULLY.
[quote]Seriously, you learn "teachable moments" from this woman that you already do not instinctively know? \
You want to run that by us again?
Think HARD, dimwit! ^^
The value of the "kitty" is the maxium allowed in the state the case originated from. Some states are $5000, some less.%0D\
Any judgements are awarded before the remaining balance is split between the two parties.%0D\
Plus airfare, hotel, and food for at least two days/one night.
My issue with the show is that very often she has already made up her mind about the result even before the evidence is presented. And if any evidence is presented that contradicts with her pre-determined viewpoint she either ignores it or finds some way to twist it to support her conclusion. You almost never get the sense that she is listening to both parties with an open mind, because she will never admit to being wrong.
SHE''S AN "ENTERTAINER" and the way she handles her courtroom in a travesty.
r79, I''ve seen JJ change her mind multiple times, and even tell people so: "I was leaning in your favor, madam, until you said you wanted to make money off the loan. That''s not a loan that''s an investment!"
good grief! If you don''t enjoy watching Judge Judy change channels or open up a book.
I think it''s a great Legal Environment of Business course for tons of people who can''t afford the$1,800 class.\
Those who see it as dreck probably grew up viewing the court system as an upholder of Law instead of as just another arm of the Police State.\
The woman is a lawyer. Why anyone would have a problem with ass-chewing during an interrogation is beyond me.
you''re all classist douchebags
Check out JJ on her 70th birthday - she's rocking a white bikini and she looks damn good.
WEHT the guy here who says he and the ex were on the show. Did it ever air?
People watch crap like this evil witch Judge Judy because it makes them feel better about their own lives. Fans of this dreck secretly feel archly superior to those poor schlubs on the show.
JJ is just another out-of-touch, sour, entitled millionaire, I'm sure she's a ReThug, that wouldn't be a surprise!
Judy is the worst of the TV judges, she's tedious and predictable. She's so dour, I want to smack her old prune face repeatedly.
You think, perhaps if these show featured different types of litigants, perhaps we'd see a different side of this nasty woman? Highly doubtful, she's one note and just plain evil.
I actually do not think she's any different in real life, she seems to have this same sour superior attitude when she's interviewed.
JJ basically makes $40 million a year making the downtrodden, poor and uneducated, feel even worse about their already miserable lives. That's entertaining TV viewing? Sure...for hardcore sadists!
I can actually picture JJ in her BSDM gear! Not a pretty sight!
I love Judge Judy. I worked in the Juvenile Justice system for 30 years and wish there were more no nonsense, no excuses judges like her. You wouldn't believe what I saw judges do over the years where kids were given chances time after time until they committed truly heinous crimes. If you saw the 60 Minutes on her frrom back when she was a family court judge, you know her persona hasn't changed a bit.
There is a good reason she is one of the highest paid daytime personalities ($45 million). Many of us like to see an idiot get smacked down, whether it's a courtroom show or a recent election.
R88 Thanks for chiming in, Judge Joe Brown.
I generally like watching JJ. Sometimes I do have the change the channel due to her increasingly short temper. I partcularly don't get why she jumps on people for beginning their statements with Ummm. She's going to get worked up why start on something so silly. It could be nerves or a speech pattern on behalf of the P or D. Sometimes she seems like she's just WAITING for them to start with "umm" so she can bellow "umm is not an answer". No it's not an answer, it's the way some begin a statment.
Also, I understand liars look away when lying but sometimes people JUST LOOK AWAY.
She doesn't seem to understand that people are unemployed. Not everyone who wants a job can just go out and get one. Collecting cans will get you about $20, if you can get a car to take the cans.
I do enjoy when she puts some moocher in their place. Especially those sitting around, unemployed, smoking pot cuz they're "stressed" or they pulled a muscle. Many people work in pain every day. I appreciate how she explains to the coniving breeder (male/female)who does not take care of their kids when taxpayers pay for their apt., food stamps, etc.
she does have the ability to cut through the BS and put folks in their palce but sometimes she seems a bit too cranky. What's with the "hurry up it's lunchtime" bit? If JJ schedules a case close to lunch, she needs to give it the same consideration a case scheduled after breakfast. Sneak a granola bar or something.
[quote][R88] Thanks for chiming in, Judge Joe Brown.
Grow up, really! You're dismissed.
Although I would not want to risk being "handled" by her in her courtroom I am glad of the way she handles some of the scum that drift into her presence--many of the young punks get the long overdue talking to they need and hopefully will not forget. I especially like it when she lectures people improperly dressed for attending court like women with strapless, lowcut dresses on: "Madam, do you need a shawl? Where did you think you were going today, the beach?" And PPSM would be happy with the way she corrects the grammar of the illiterate dorks who talk out of turn. Many of the people who appear before her ARE NOT NICE PEOPLE and deserve everything they get from her sharp tongue and more besides.
[quote] I partcularly don't get why she jumps on people for beginning their statements with Ummm.
I think this is more of a psychological tool in which she tries to disarm the defendant and catch them off-guard, making it difficult for them to formulate a false reply. She will also forces a defendant to look her directly in the eye while they try lie to her.
I think JJ should be cloned and then all the JJ's could preside over every court in the land including the supreme court.
R88 = a deadbeat dad.
Judy is an unpleasant battleaxe, but her show is usually more entertaining than Ellen on at the same time. Talk about a contrast though, like choosing between sunshine and pitch black darkness.
her wig is fab
The people don't have to pay but they embarass themselves on national Television. I think that's why people watch it , Judy's histrionics and trashy people making fools of themselves.
This tired thread gets bumped again?
Are some of you shills for this old wizened nut-job, Judy Judge?
I've been working from home for the past few years, I happened to be switching channels the other day and this witch was on. There she was once again, screaming and berating some poor schlub. Her act hasn't changed for years.
As I posted in this thread earlier, perhaps if the litigants were from different socio-economic backgrounds, would JJ sing a different tune? She's one note and tedious.
Just in same way not all gay men are in clubs getting fist fucked, not all poor people are grifters, liars and cheats. She lives in a bubble, most of you posting here who adore her will simply not admit that fact.
She's a horrible human being who gets paid way too much money for her absurd side show act.
No one seems to bring up that this show, is as trashy as those 'baby mama' Springer type shows! JJ is exploitation TV, pure and simple. Because so many here side with her, they refuse to see this show for what it is, pure exploitation and trash!
My father used to enjoy going to jury duty, he was on juries for many different types of cases. He's too old now to attend, he's no longer summoned. Recently, we got to talking about the TV judges, before I even mentioned this vile witch, he said, "I've never been on a jury where a judge acted as ridiculous and demeaning as Judge Judy, she is the ultimate in unproffessionalism!"
The majority of posts here are from the perspective of viewers being entertained, real court cases aren't remotely like Judge Judy's daily circus act.
There certainly seem to be quite a few people who detest Judge Judy and are very familiar with the show.
Almost like they watch it daily.
How is the show or Judge Judy taking advantage of anyone? There are no secrets here. No con. The show has been on the air since 1996. Everyone knows what they are in for. It's not like the participants have no other choice but to go on the show. They could refuse and go to real small claims court.
I have to admit I love watching the show.
I've seen Judge Alex in the locker room. He's hung like a donkey and has an 8 pack. Well this was four years ago so I don't know if he still has the 8 pack but you can at least still count on the donkey part.
[quote]not all poor people are grifters, liars and cheats.
The ones who come to her court invariably are.
I watch it daily and it's the modern version of soaps. You sit in front of the TV, pick a side and watch how it turns out.
This week had two cases involving juveniles who'd gone astray and it was JJ at her best. She never misses the chance to say that she was a family court judge for decades and it shows. She knows her stuff on those cases and they are usually more interesting, though not necessarily more dramatic than the usual "He owes me money", "The bitch gave it to me as a gift" cases.
One of my best friends was on her show and I went along to see it filmed. The thing that I found interesting is that each person Defendant/litigant is assigned a producer that explains what will happen when you begin filming and suggest what you should "play up" when addressing JJ. They also give you little tips like "Keep talking even if asked to stop or even interrupt JJ if you think she is not understanding your point. Of course, this is only told to you to frustrate her and make better TV. Also, the extras that fill the gallery are treated like sh*t and are just moved around to make it look like there is a different group for each case. Like all things Hollywood, it was a long and very boring day.
r101 - So she ruled against you, huh?
[quote]No one seems to bring up that this show, is as trashy as those 'baby mama' Springer type shows! JJ is exploitation TV, pure and simple. Because so many here side with her, they refuse to see this show for what it is, pure exploitation and trash!
You admit to watching her and keeping posting in this thread more than once... so don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.
If you didn't like her show as much as you claim you wouldn't be here posting yet again.
But... are you not paying attention? There are multiple posts deriding the show as trashy, exploitative, etc.
You're the classic "I hate it and I can't get enough!" phony.
[QUOTE]You admit to watching her and keeping posting in this thread more than once... so don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.
If you didn't like her show as much as you claim you wouldn't be here posting yet again. But... are you not paying attention? There are multiple posts deriding the show as trashy, exploitative, etc. You're the classic "I hate it and I can't get enough!" phony.
WRONG on most counts, this is my third or fourth post in this thread. I despise this trashy show, and yes, it's pure trash. No amount of praising that bitch JJ will change that.
JJ is pure trash, money cannot buy you class, a new personality or brains. Moneyed assholes like JJ think they are better than everyone else, far from it.
I can see her being best friends with that other vile phony nasty bitch, Barbara Walters. Walters' dad was basically a mobster, yet she lies about him owning a famous sophisticated restaurant. A restaurant mobsters frequented, she always seems to leave out that point.
My mom used to watch JJ, she'd try to discuss JJ with me. A person doesn't need to watch this drivel on a daily basis to know what this woman is all about. I've seen the show a handful of times over the years, one show is like the next. It's repetitious bullshit.
Are all the avid watchers here unemployed or do you DVR this trash?
Judge Judy has been interviewed on many talk shows, she's the same person she is on her show: vile, bitter and nasty to the interviewers, wow, big surprise there.
As for why all those poor schlubs go on her show, they need MONEY or perhaps these people are way too stupid as to what the level of humiliation will be like? They just like the idea of being on TV?
Some of the litigants might be completely illiterate, others might not even be able to afford a TV, they have no clue what to expect from the witch.
From most of the archly superior posters here, it's pretty damn clear many think they're better than the people on her show.
I'd love for the producers to force JJ to start dealing with some white collar criminals, of course, that will never happen because it wouldn't be entertainment! It's so much easier to laugh at uneducated people who live in trailer parks and housing projects.
It's easier for viewers to feel superior to poor litigants. Much in the same way viewers enjoy 'reality TV', it makes viewers feel superior to the people on the screen screeching and, cursing, while pulling off each others wigs, spitting at each other, basically acting like gutter trash while living in 2 million dollar homes.
There is no other reason why people watch reality trash, they feel superior. They are thinking, "These people have it all..mansions, money, expensive clothes...yet they are deeply unhappy and mentally ill." Any psychiatrist worth their paychecks will tell you that.
The same can be said of enjoying trash like JJ, admit it, it makes viewers feel superior!
Wow R109 - exactly what did Judge Judy and Barbara Walters do to you?
Quite the illogical rant.
Let me give you two examples:
[quote] I've seen the show a handful of times over the years, one show is like the next. It's repetitious bullshit.
So you've seen the show a handful of times and know it is repetitious?
[quote] I'd love for the producers to force JJ to start dealing with some white collar criminals,
Tell us all about the white collar criminals who end up in small claims court. You know all those terrible white collar criminals whose crimes total less than $5000.
Hard to believe she's lasted this long. Not just her, the genre. Or maybe she is the genre and the others are satellites.
Can't stand her show but I've always liked her as a talk show guest.
[quote]Tell us all about the white collar criminals who end up in small claims court. You know all those terrible white collar criminals whose crimes total less than $5000.
Well, doesn't that prove I don't know much about this show other than the types of people JJ talks down to? I had no idea it was about small claims court. I do not WATCH this disgusting show.
All I initially knew about JJ was that she used to be a family court judge. Which my mom did say JJ brings up frequently to remind people what she used to do.
My rant is far from "illogical", a person doesn't need to watch this trash on a regular basis to see how repetitious and one-note the PREMISE is!
Here is the premise in a nutshell: Mean, angry, nasty, bitter, sour-faced, entitled old racist female Jew 'judge' in a wig, berates poor uneducated white trash and other uneducated/poor people of African-American and Hispanic descent on a daily basis.
It's quite clear what the real agenda of this show is all about: make the poor and uneducated feel even worse about themselves, while making the viewers feel superior. If this is your idea of entertainment, go stuff it up your ass, doll.
The fact that the old witch JJ makes millions yearly with this sad pathetic premise only makes the disgust level even worse!
I'd love to be a fly on the wall to hear what she thinks about the people on her show. I have a feeling JJ must use the 'N' word a lot more than Paula Deen ever did!
You'd better believe I lump this garbage in with Springer, Povich and the rest of those low rent shows. Just because JJ was a judge, does not dismiss the fact that it's pure exploitation.
Please don't accuse me of watching Springer etc, people do not need to watch those shows more than once to see their agendas.
FWIW, according to her Wikipedia entry, she is the highest paid TV personality at $45 million annually.
She once had a porn actress on her show; the actress was the plaintiff. During the course of the show the woman (reluctantly) stated that she was an adult film actress. I expected Judy to be snotty to her after that, but Judy was very kind and praised the way the woman's intelligence and her professional conduct in court. It was a pleasant surprise to see Judy being kind to someone in her court, especially someone who you might have expected to see her being kind to someone whose work might have aroused her scorn.
She had this actor in gay porn on her show. Byrd popped a stiff.
R112 I think this post sheds some light on your position.
[quote] Mean, angry, nasty, bitter, sour-faced, entitled old racist female Jew 'judge' in a wig
May shed some light on your opinion of Barbara Walters who is also Jewish. Although not a judge.
I will give you credit for continuing to have strong opinions on a show you continue to claim to not watch and know little about.
Wow, R112/R109/R101. Invested much? ((snort)). You certainly have a lot to say about a show you never watch.
I would never ever go on Judge Judy if I had a case involving animals. She's the worst. Yells at people for letting their cats be outside. PETA should kill her.
Even worse, her schtick to any man remotely overweight: "Of course you could afford it. You don't look like you've skipped many meals." Which she would never EVER say to a woman.
Cunt. Give me Judge Millian on "Peoples Court" any day.
Wrong again R116, I'm also Jewish!
I will admit a lot of older Jews are racist. Jews are as clannish as the Italians, which I also am. I'm an Italian-Jew, imagine that!
Let's take a guess what sort of enclave this sour faced snarling woman and her husband live in? Probably a gated community where 95% of the residents are wealthy Jews. She's quite transparent!
It's damn amazing how so many posters here at DL can so easily figure out people's thoughts and situations re a few posts! Are you mind readers too?
Sorry to disappoint, you cannot pigeonhole me via my posts.
As for animals, JJ would have kept that NYC subway line running rather than have it shut down so those two scared kittens could be rescued from the tracks!
She probably drinks vinegar with her meals!
I do question the people who seem to adore this witch, they are probably as evil as she is.
R119 - Just because you claim to be Jewish doesn't change your post about Jew judges - which does provide insight into your thinking.
[quote] It's damn amazing how so many posters here at DL can so easily figure out people's thoughts and situations re a few posts! Are you mind readers too?
Do you see the irony? Criticizing posters on DL who draw conclusions from a few posts when you at least claim to have done the very same thing about Judge Judy?
[quote]As for animals, JJ would have kept that NYC subway line running rather than have it shut down so those two scared kittens could be rescued from the tracks!
Are you now just making stuff up?
R119 = shut-in; rage issues.
[quote]Sorry to disappoint, you cannot pigeonhole me via my posts.
Actually, you're easy to pigeonhole. You're a vile cunt who is obsessed with the "archly superior" attitude of people you project onto all who watch Judge Judy and don't loathe every nanosecond of it and her.
You adore listening to yourself talk (or at least rambling on ad nauseam on a message board) and don't seem to mind that you say the same thing every time, just more angrily and spewing more bile each time.
You tar everyone who watches the show with the same brush, then sneer that we can't figure you out, sounding like some snippy straight teenage girl.
If you act like this in real life, you probably haven't had a friend since 1970. If ever.
OMG - just watched and the first segment- was with a homo suing another homo for a loan. They each had witnesses and all of them had the most tweezed eybrows I have ever seen. Don't these freaks realize how ridiculous they look. It's one thing to trim them - but they had pencil eybrows!- Truly hideous.
r123 Just watched it too. They have got to be tranny's. Their eyebrows were more slight than Judge Judy's! Horrible eyebrows.
"The People's Court" moved from Fifth Avenue and 37th Street to a studio in Stamford, Connecticut.
Free bus from Manhattan and give audience members $70 in cash at the end of an eight-hour day. Lunch is provided.
That explains why the audience looks so empty lately. I thought they were on the verge of canceling the show. Bad move...
I'm surprised Milian still has a job after those topless photos came out.
There's a delightful case on right now with an aging queen who picked up a twenty-three year old on Grindr.
Judge Judy, or is that Judge Jewey? This shrill monster is the archetypal jewess.
Real cases! Real people! Judge Judy!"
Hideous show by a loud mouthed harpie who entertains her audience belittling contestants.
Actors, sweetie. It's reality TV, not reality.
I think she makes the right decision most of the time. But there was this one case where I thought she was dead wrong.
It concerned a woman who was suing another woman for her son's medical expenses. Seems the plaintiff kept a car on her property with the keys in it at all times. Her 14 year old son was allowed to drive the car "only on the property." Well, the defendant's 16 year old daughter and the son were sitting in the car, listening to the radio; the girl suggested they go on a joy ride to see some friends of her. So she got behind the wheel and promptly had an accident; the girl was killed and the boy was injured.
The plaintiff thought the girl's mother (who in court was baring enough skin to reveal a large tattoo) should pay her son's medical expenses since her daughter caused the accident. Judy Judy begged to differ; in fact, she ripped into the woman and her poor son with fury. The poor kid mumbled that the girl had told him "she had a permit" and JJ shrieked at him "do you want to change your testimony!!?" Cringing, the boy said yes and she screamed at him "WELL, YOU CAN'T!!" She appeared to be outraged that this woman should want the woman who lost her daughter to pay anything. She thought the whole thing was the plaintiff's fault for leaving keys in the car. She also rubbed in the plaintiff's face that she still had her healthy child while the poor defendant had lost hers. "He doesn't look like he's missed many meals", she snarled at her.
Anyway, she dismissed the plaintiff's case and awarded the woman whose daughter caused the accident (she had a counterclaim to get money for funeral expenses) the entire $5000. I thought that since the girl did not have permission from the car's owner to drive the car that she was the one entirely at fault. But JJ thought the whole thing was caused by the plaintiff leaving keys in the car. I thought that argument was a crock of shit. The infallible Judge Judy really dropped the ball on that one.
I've worked a few days in the audience of Judge Judy. It's a decent gig, one of the more interesting audiences to be in, and they don't make you clap for 20 minutes or laugh for 10 straight minutes or whatever. Some of the cases are just hilarious—I remember one where a woman was suing her sister cause the sister painted EVERYTHING in her room tie dye/fluorescent colors while she was out of town. Totally ridiculous, but super funny. The woman just wanted money to repaint her room/stuff normal colors.
The pay isn't great, but you're also getting paid to watch trashy TV. She's definitely very smart, and it's interesting seeing her interact with 7 sets of litigants a day. She's paid some obscene amount of money, but she's clearly found an easy way to make money, and will continue doing so until the gravy train comes to a stop.
R134, who did you go through to get placed in the 'audience'? I've heard it's an acting gig for the people there. I live in LA but I'm not in the industry. Did you have an agent or contact who helped you? Or did you just call CBS on a good day?
But the property owners is always found at fault for things like this. If someone slips and falls at your home, they sue you (and usually win). I had a neighbor a long time ago who had a pool with a chain fence surrounding his backyard. Some neighborhood kids broke onto his property to use his pool, and one of them drowned. His parents successfully sued the guy for not properly securing his pool.
Judge Judy is entertaining and smart but that's all she's got. Judge Milian from The People's Court has that, plus she's stable headed.
R135, I was with a booking agent for background work for a while, but in the summer (May/June especially) most of the TV shows (which are really all that film in LA nowadays) were on hiatus, so they put me on a lot of audience work. I worked a couple days on Judge Judy and a day on a spin-off she produced that didn't get picked up, I guess.
"I borrowed the money to her!"
This sort of usage drove my poor late schoolteacher dad crazy!
Judge Judy does not allow this verb misusage in her court room.
I find Judge Judy a depressing shitshow, but my dad with a Master's Degree found it the best thing on television.He taught in a big poor city, and dealt with a lot of knuckleheads.
They're getting their fifteen minutes of SHAME.....what more could they possibly ask for?
Say what you will about Judge Judy. Be advised she one of the highest paid people in the nation. She's laughing all the way to the courtroom.
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She's too old to still be doing this. She was too old when the show started. Most of these dimwits would have been better off staying in small claims court. There's a reason why people are supposed to retire.
And for whatever reason on Fridays the cases are guaranteed to have only black litigants.
Sorry to disappoint you, r142, but here contract was renewed, and she's guaranteed her position until she's well into her seventies.
R143 I already knew that, it doesn't make me any less right.
Thanks R138. I looked up booking agent/background actor and found Central Casting. I'll start there.
I hope the "meet the the casting directors" days aren't crowded. I don't like being around too many people. They get in my space.
R145, isn't that problematic when getting hired to be in, you know, crowd scenes?
THANK YOU, R133! I agree with you completely! That one always bugged and made me think of "Legally Blonde"-the law is reason free from passion. Judy was totally wrong and was swayed by the fact that the girl died.
R146, I would only want scenes where I was the guy sitting at a desk on the phone, or a bank teller with a window and counter separating me from a long line of customers. Sort of like the Jake from State Farm commercial. I don't want to be Jake. I'd be the guy in the cubicle next to him.
R133 and r147 are fucking idiots and probably racists. She's been wrong plenty of times, but that time was not one of them. The owner is responsible for keeping her car keys from being taken by her kid and his friend. It doesn't matter if the friend had a permit.
R149 is an a dumb cunt. The girl decided she wanted to take advantage of s situation so she could have some fun. What she did was tantamount to stealing; she did not have permission to drive off in the car. If she'd come across a car with the keys in it on the street and took off in it she would have been committing car theft. How is what she did any different from that? And what the hell does "racism" have to do with it? Yes, R149 is truly a brain-dead twat.
Today: entitled guido douchebag being sued by father for unpaid loan. Father had received lawsuit settlement and had gifted children several thousand dollars each. Entitled douchebag blows through gift money then borrows money and doesn't want to pay it back. He found out that his father gifted his sister more and didn't feel like he should pay it back. He's from Long Island.
R135 while most
If you're a parent, you keep your car keys away from your kids and their friends. The friend didn't mug the woman, she didn't break into her house and steal her keys. The friend's mother isn't legally responsible and she wouldn't have been legally responsible even if her daughter hadn't died.
R135, though most are actors, the show accepts snail mail requests from loyal fans who would like to sit in the gallery.
Background often have to supply their own clothes. Every guy should have a tux and women should have formal attire when they show up for a grand ballroom scene.
What's current SAG-AFTRA scale?
"If you're a parent, you keep your car keys away from your kids and their friends. The friend didn't mug the woman, she didn't break into her house and steal her keys. The friend's mother isn't legally responsible and she wouldn't have been legally responsible even if her daughter hadn't died."
I didn't think the girl's mother was liable for the son's medical expenses. But I don't think the mother should have been awarded any money either, seeing as how her daughter's irresponsibility greatly contributed to her demise.
I bet the bailiff has a huge dick ... Anyone know about him??
Wow. Listen up. Judy is a GREAT LADY. If you're a shit bag? A scammer? A con? She will sniff you out and you'll be BUSTED. Flip side, if you are wronged, a puny weakling? Yes, Judy will say so. But you are not wrong. She will love you.
Don't be a scumbag. Don't be a user. Don't hurt people. Judy will send her Judy Justice.
Be a fucker, user or abuser, Judy will rain hell upon you and YOU LOSE!
She is a really cute lady, she knows what's up, you busted, money paid for, nice people look nice, assholes look crazy.
Back in the day, I saw someone ask her what she thought of Bill Clinton's comments about Monica Lewinsky.
Her response: "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."
Most disgusting portrayal of the American justice system ever on tv. If a judge acted like that fool does in a real courtroom they'd be kicked off the bench.
Judge Judy was a family court judge for decades and was profiled on "60 Minutes" which led to her TV show. She was exactly the way she is on her show. Also believes justice should be swift as she was the most prolific judge in NY. She was not kicked off the bench and 60 couldn't find anyone who would go on camera to say something negative about her. Off camera was another story.
That said, she's at her best when she deals with family and domestic issues. You can see her slicing apart faulty stories and she has zero respect for those who abuse the system. She often says she was in family court for years so don't give me baloney.
"Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining" is the title of her first book, R159 . Her second is "Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever" and I don't know the title of her third.
I'm stuck at home watching an episode right now and the first plaintiff was too stupid to explain that the "three months in advance" that she paid to her landlord was first moth, last month, and a security deposit and that's why she later gave him a check for the second month.
I'm watching it, too. There are a lot of stupid people in the world and they all seem to end up on JJ sooner or later. They make her looks smart (and rich).
"On your best day,you're not half as smart as me on my worst day."
[quote]"On your best day,you're not half as smart as me ..." JJ
As smart as I, you STUPI, er, Your Honor.
It's great when she rips into people who really deserve it. But there was one case where it was REALLY deserved and she didn't do it.
The plaintiff was an ugly old white man and the defendant was a young black woman, probably still a teenager. He was suing her for totaling his car. According to his story she was a friend of a young relative of his and grew up in an unstable environment. So, out of the goodness of his heart, he would "help" her by buying her a prom dress, a cell phone (she needed the cell phone to "be free", he said), and doing other nice things for her. He praised her, said she was a gifted athlete in school, was "very frugal" and "a wonderful lady." He's in court suing her and he keeps talking about what a great, wonderful person she id. Hmm.
Obviously JJ must have known what was going on here. But instead of ripping into the old goat she merely asked him if he and the girl had been involved in a relationship that went beyond friendship. She said in order to rule on the case she needed to know the exact nature of their relationship. He said they were just friends. But when JJ asked the girl if their relationship was more than that she said yes. The old goat yelped "that's not true!" Having heard that the girl would stay at the old goat's house, JJ asked her where she would sleep. And the girl said "in his bed, with him." She also said his family would refer to her as being "his girlfriend."
The old goat exclaimed "I don't like where this is going!" I'll just bet he didn't! He babbled something about having a fiancé and didn't want to continue with the case because supposedly he was concerned about the girl's reputation, NOT his. What a crock! Anyway, JJ asked if he wanted her to dismiss the case without prejudice and he agreed to that, saying he didn't want to do anything to jeopardize "her future."
Obviously the old creep had been banging the young girl. I was hoping JJ would do what she generally does: call him an idiot, call him foolish, rip him up one side and down the other. But she was strangely subdued when dealing with this case. A shame; it would have been great if she'd told the old goat "YOU'RE A MORON!" He REALLY would have deserved that.
I once called their hotline after a bad breakup. I was going to drag my ex in there over $300 that he never paid back. After realizing how petty & stupid it would be I changed my mind but boy did they call me for about 2 weeks to get me on there; I guess because I also told them that he'd moved in with someone else a week after we broke up.
There was one great episode in particular where she nailed the defendant at the very last moment, just as they were walking out of the court room, and reversed her decision. She asked them an off the cuff question as they were leaving and after she had already ruled, and caught them in a lie, then reversed her decision. It was classic.
I've always wondered, if the show pays for the costs of the cases' losers, why do people seem to care so much about losing? People get pissed when the Judge rules against them for 400 bucks, why do they care? They won't be the one paying a cent.
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