Battle of the Judges

Judge Judy made $25 million last year.

The United States Supreme Court - the one that passes down legal information that sets precedent for laws across the land, the FINAL end stage of any court, the top dog of dogs....the judges on the Supreme Court of the United States make (on average) $200,000.

$25 million for a court judge on a tv show vs $200,000 for a judge who sets legal precedent any time they use a pen?? How does that make sense?

Judge Judy, is viewed by millions each day. How many people even know when the Supreme Court is in session? (FYI: The term of the high court as set by law begins on the first Monday in October, and it lasts until the first Monday in October of the following year. In the course of a term, about 8,000 petitions are filed with the Supreme Court. From those petitions, the justices decide which cases the court will hear.)

I bet more people can identify the bailiff on Judge Judy's show than any of the seven Supreme Court Justices.

Why is there no publicity for the Supreme Court?

They ruled on about 150 amount of cases last year. Do we know of any of them? Do we talk about them amongst family and friends? Probably not, but a lot of people I know can reflect on a stupid/funny/ridiculous episode of Judge Judy.

This is not a fair representation of our legal system, yet this is what our children know of it.

Ladies and Gentleman, your esteemed Supreme Court:
John G. Roberts (Chief Justice)
John Paul Stevens
Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy
David Souter
Clarence Thomas
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer

I think our Supreme Court should have a five minute segment on the news each week. Five minutes-to let us know what case they are hearing, what case was just settled, what is coming up, something to educate the nation. Five minutes, just ONCE a week. I seem to hear about every panda that is born at any zoo in the world, but I have no idea what was decided in the case against Philip Morris that was brought forward from an Oregon case.

Only a once a week update, because the other four weekdays, I want the news to dedicate five minutes to something else important, such as the Senate, the Congress, the President (what DOES he do all week?), and an update from the United Nations.

It's genius really. Five minutes is nothing. But how many times do people turn on the news and just have it on in the background while they get ready for work? What a perfect time to educate the American people on their country! Britney Spears got a haircut and I heard about it on every newscast for a week, but I don't have any idea on what the Supreme Court is up to.

Five minutes---we could call it Feed Your Brain in Five.

Or: Educate America Today.

Or: Five for Thought (ha-like food for thought! That's my favorite).

A short blurb is all we need. Let me give a fictitious example:
Overpaid blonde newscaster: And now it's time for a new (and genius) segment called - Educate America Today. Over to you, Jimmy.

Jimmy: Thank you, Tiffany. Todays Five for Thought is on the President. President W. Bush is still at his Texas ranch for the 23rd straight day, where he is keeping busy with his nightly poker parties and catching up on the new Xmen comics. The President is slated to return to the White House in two weeks, where he will be faced with the current issues at hand: mainly, how the good old boy network is crumbling around him. Nothing new to report from the office of the President.

That's all for tonights Educate America Today. Tomorrow we look at the United Nations and the work they are currently doing in stopping the genocide in Darfur. Tiffany?

Tiffany: Thank you Jimmy. I look forward to hearing about the genocide. And now for a look at our local weather.

And we all go to bed just a little big smarter.



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