A few years Judge Judy was in Australia and got into a great deal of trouble with our judiciary with regards to some scurrilous remarks she made regarding the needle exchange program (harm minimalisation program) for people with substance abuse:
Judge Judy Says: Murder Heroin Users
TV's popular "Judge Judy" -- Judy Sheindlin - is a hanging judge when it comes to drug users and drug reform efforts. In fact, she recently called for *murdering* heroin addicts.
On November 16, while on a book promotion tour in Australia, Judge Judy was asked about that country's needle exchange program, which supplies clean needles to heroin addicts in order to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases among addicts and those with whom addicts have relationships. (Such programs are also advocated by many American drug reformers.)
She retorted that such proposals were lead by "liberal morons." Her counter-proposal? "Give 'em all dirty needles and let 'em die. . .I don't understand why we think it's important to keep them alive."
Bob Aldred, chief executive of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of Queensland, defended Australia's needle exchange program as a life-saving success, and said Judge Judy's comments were "callous and deplorable" and showed no regard for children, parents and others trying to deal with addiction.
The American drug reform group DrugSense noted that Judge Judy's comments "illustrate the depth of the hate produced by the war on drugs."
Judge Judy's new book is entitled, perhaps appropriately, "Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever."
(Sources: Australian Associated Press / DrugSense FOCUS December 8, 1999)
I don't know who are worse... the people who end up in front of judge judy or judge judy herself.