Wednesday, October 22, 2014

District judge quits 'Deadbeat' reality show - Louisville C-J

One of the two judges who star in the local reality TV show "Deadbeat," which has drawn criticism for exploiting defendants, says she will no longer allow it to be taped in her courtroom.

In an email to The Courier-Journal editorial board, Jefferson District Judge Erica Lee Williams cited concerns raised by Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.

Minton issued a statement this week saying that using courtroom footage for the "purposes of entertainment is beneath the dignity of the courts" and that he would discourage judges from participating in anything that "reflects poorly on the court system and could compromise their ability to ensure a fair and impartial experience to those who come before the courts."
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