Sunday, March 11, 2012

Judge Judy

Ok, this post is an odd one for me. I am writing it to try to sort out my own thoughts about something. Let me back up.

Years ago, I was a HUGE Judge Judy fan. Not sure why I loved her so much, that doesn't seem like a very natural show for a kid to love, but I did. I watched her every day that I could, along with Arthur, Wishbone, Carmen Sandiego, and various other PBS Kids shows, that normal kids watch. As I got older I stopped watching, not because I didn't like her any more, but I grew up, got a job, and her show, being a syndicated daytime show, always conflicted with my work schedule, and I just never had time to watch her any more. These days I don't even watch TV, so up until a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have even known if she was on TV any more. Recently though, I saw a link on YouTube that led me to a virtual treasure trove of years and years worth of Judge Judy cases, and I am now a full on Judge Judy fan once again, and now I know exactly why I love her so much. She is a seeker of truth and justice, and she is 100% for making people responsible for their own actions. Something that is, at least by the headlines that I am reading, disgustingly lacking in today's higher courts. Plus I just loved to see Judge Judy giving a verbal beat-down to the amoral idiots who are unfortunate enough to find themselves in her cross-hairs.

Now for the reason for my post. Earlier today, I watched one of the best, but most confusing cases I have ever seen. I never have any difficulty figuring out what Judge Judy's logic is for her rulings, but I did on this one. I rewatched the end many times over, rewound and watched parts of the beginning and middle a few times, and tried to figure out what on earth happened! Based on the comments below the video, I was not the only one confused. I would really love to know her thought process behind her ruling. I understood her ruling as it stood, I didn't like it, and neither did she, but without proof, she had no choice. The twist at the last second when she did a complete 180 and reversed her ruling in the Plaintiff's favor, seemingly came out of nowhere based on one seemingly in passing answer. Here is the episode in it's entirety so you can see what I mean. Make sure you have time to watch it all, as it is almost 20 minutes, because you need to have seen the whole episode and think about it in order to understand the final seconds, as it is quite complicated.

Now that you have (Hopefully) watched the entire thing, what did you think of it? Did you understand her ruling? Why did she rule in the Plaintiff's favor, based on the Defendant's suing the doctor who was not involved in this case at all?

This is my take on it, and I've been tired all day, so I confess that I am not thinking that fast, it took me quite awhile to work this out. I think her final decision was absolutely just and fair, because even based solely on the body language of the Defendant, there is absolutely no question in my mind of her guilt, and from her facial expressions, I am 99% sure that she is a sociopath who caused those injuries to herself in order to make her story more plausible. But Judge Judy said herself that the Plaintiff had no absolute proof that the Defendant posted the compromising photos on the office website. However, when she heard from the Defendant herself that she was involved in a lawsuit with the doctor she immediately reversed her ruling with no explanation.

The two things I can think of is that Judge Judy had not taken the plaintiff's claim of false accusation of assault into account in her final ruling. She based her final ruling on the photos alone, where she said there was not substantial proof, that the Defendant had posted the compromising photos. But when the Plaintiff began to plead that the defendant had tried using the photos of her injuries in another lawsuit, Judge Judy realized that the Defendant was suing the doctor and had been lying when she said she left the office by choice. If she was suing the doctor, it would have meant that she actually had been fired over the incident because she actually HAD posted the pictures, or she had tried suing based on those injuries and another court had found that the plaintiff was not guilty, giving Judge Judy something upon which she could legally grant the $5000 to the Plaintiff for false accusation. I feel like maybe some of it was edited out for time's sake and just a few seconds of explanation would have been very helpful.

If anyone has any other insight I would LOVE to hear it, because what I wrote is based on my thoughts alone, and another perspective would be greatly appreciated. Anyway, I have spent so much time tonight analyzing this case, more than I have ever thought about any other case ever, and my brain is quite tired, so I'm going to go and give it a rest now. :)

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