Judge Michael Corriero has known Judge Judy for the last 4 decades. Judge Corriero served on the bench for 28 years and was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. He’s currently the cohost of Hot Bench and is the founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice. Following is a transcript of the video.
She became — ultimately became a judge. I became a judge.
We’ve known each other, and our paths have crossed. Although we don’t necessarily agree on all issues, but we respect each other’s point of view. Judy’s tough. Yeah, but that’s not bad tough — she is who she is. She’s open-minded. And she’ll listen. And she doesn’t take any guff.
I was in Jamaica when I got an email from your favourite TV judge. And it was Judge Judy, and she says, “Michael.” She says, “How are you?” Whatever. “I’d like to talk to you about a program that I’m involved with.” The email came in late, and I was going to call the next day, and the next morning I was actually shaving when my phone starts ringing. And it was Judge Judy. Now one thing we know about Judge Judy, she is persistent. And so she said, “How come you didn’t respond?” I said, “I’m in Jamaica!”
I don’t think she likes bullies. And — I don’t believe she likes people who are trying to take advantage of other people, or her, or the system. And when she gets that sense that this person before me is just trying to con me or whatever that arouses a response on her part.
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