AFTER nearly two decades of presiding over America’s favorite daytime courtroom program, Judge Judith Sheindlin took her tough-as-nails bench-style to prime time on May 20 with a one-hour CBS special. Even at 71, it’s clear there’s no slowing this lady down! Now, just for fun, The ENQUIRER looks at some of the wackiest, weirdest and wildest cases to ever land in Judge Judy’s court.
THE CASE OF THE BLURTING CONFESSOR
When plaintiff Gina Paradeza began detailing the items that had been in her purse when it was stolen – including an earpiece – the accused thief interrupted: “There wasn’t no earpiece in there, ma’am!” Even Judge Judy gasped at the stupidity. “Dumb and dumber,” she said, and and ruled in favor of Paradeza for $500.
THE CASE OF THE DESTRUCTIVE DADDY
Danny Gonzalez, 21, who was sued for shooting out a neighbor’s windows with a BB gun, didn’t do himself any favors when he admitted to Judge Judy that he had 10 kids. “This just blows my mind,” she said. “With how many women do you have these 10 children?” And that’s when Gonzalez REALLY blew it, wisecracking: “About four, including your daughter!” Needless to say, that didn’t go over well. Judge Judy ordered Gonzalez to pay $411.17 for the busted windows.
THE CASE OF THE UNEDUCATED EDUCATORS
A California mom sued her son’s school for the return of $2,750 in tuition after teacher Elizabeth Myers locked the boy, who has
special needs, in a cluttered storage closet for several DAYS as punishment for talking in class. Judge Judy nearly fell off the bench when she learned that Myers only had an associate’s degree, and she was even more flabbergasted when school superintendent Jeff England boasted that he had a high school diploma. She blasted: “I don’t think I have to listen to nonsense about two people who have a bare minimum education, where you couldn’t get a job in most governmental institutions, taking a child with clearly a behavioral special need and putting him in a closet!” The tuition was returned.
THE CASE OF THE TERMINATED TOILET
Healthcare worker Lisa Reid sued her former pal Barbara Toth for breaking her toilet. Although Toth was a large lady, Judge Judy thought the lawsuit stunk. “Toilets break,” she told Reid. “I had one break in my apartment last week. It cost me $650 to put in a new toilet. Do you think I went around to try to find the last person who sat on it? Grow up!” Case closed.
THE CASE OF THE HAMMERING MEDIC
Judge Judy gave Kelly McKee a chance to defend herself in a road-rage case, in which the EMT student was accused of throwing a cup of soda through the window of another driver’s car before smashing his windshield with a hammer. But hothead McKee instead went off on the judge. At one point she blurted out: “Let’s pray you don’t need CPR!” Judge Judy snapped back: “I wouldn’t need it from you!” She also called McKee “an idiot.” The two traded a few more barbs before the gavel came down in favor of the plaintiff.