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Can we get some reality in here? asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it. If you want to eat, you have to work. If you have children, you'd better support them. If you break the law, you have to pay. If you tap the public purse, you'd better be accountable. Now she abandons a Can we get some reality in here? asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it. If you want to eat, you have to work. If you have children, you'd better support them. If you break the law, you have to pay. If you tap the public purse, you'd better be accountable. Now she abandons all judicial restraint in a scathing critique of the system -- filled with realistic hard-nosed alternatives to our bloated welfare bureaucracy and our soft-on-crime laws.


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Can we get some reality in here? asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it. If you want to eat, you have to work. If you have children, you'd better support them. If you break the law, you have to pay. If you tap the public purse, you'd better be accountable. Now she abandons a Can we get some reality in here? asks Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court. For twenty-four years she has laid down the law as she understands it. If you want to eat, you have to work. If you have children, you'd better support them. If you break the law, you have to pay. If you tap the public purse, you'd better be accountable. Now she abandons all judicial restraint in a scathing critique of the system -- filled with realistic hard-nosed alternatives to our bloated welfare bureaucracy and our soft-on-crime laws.

30 review for Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining: America's Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Out

  1. 5 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    Judge Judy for president!! I love Judge Judy and her points of views. I have grown to respect her for her ability to make irresponsible people be held accountable for their actions. I agreed with everything she stated in her book. Some of the topics she discusses that are right on point are: 1. The fact that parents have grown to become irresponsible for their lack of parenting. 2. Welfare should be an assistance and not a way of life. 3. Dead beat mothers should pay up just like dead beat fathers Judge Judy for president!! I love Judge Judy and her points of views. I have grown to respect her for her ability to make irresponsible people be held accountable for their actions. I agreed with everything she stated in her book. Some of the topics she discusses that are right on point are: 1. The fact that parents have grown to become irresponsible for their lack of parenting. 2. Welfare should be an assistance and not a way of life. 3. Dead beat mothers should pay up just like dead beat fathers. The following are some of my favorite quotes from "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining":, "If I am on my game, a male delinquent will find his time in my court to be the 2nd worst experience of his life- circumcision being the first". "Home, School and communities all have a hand in raising our children. In that order. In this country, we have it backward". "If you stay in school, we will support you. Otherwise, support yourself. No exceptions". "If a middle class kid drops out of school, the $2,000 tax break parents claim for him should be eliminated. Period". "Criminals are the loudest when insisting on their rights". "Once you have been incarcerated, you have lost your right to generate frivolous lawsuits". I think we all know our share of people who can use a good hearing from Judge Judy in her courtroom! It was very frustrating to read so many of the same receptive stories of people that abuse our legal system and how some of our laws are taken as jokes. I seriously would wish she would run for president I think she would change so many things for us hard working people who are sick of lazy people abusing the system. I agree 100% when she says the Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to pursue opportunity. It does not require the government to provide that opportunity. Beyond creating an atmosphere - legal and social- that enables people to grow, no one is owed anything!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I remember when Judge Judy came on TV back in the 90s. Between this book title and the apparent $10 scripting budget, I dismissed her as gimmicky daytime tv. And maybe I was right. But recently I saw her show and really, how can you hate on someone who makes a living screaming at deadbeats to take some personal responsibility? How many times in a day do you wish you could do that? I have heard Judy interviewed and she is always thoughtful and articulate, so my main beef with DPOML is that its re I remember when Judge Judy came on TV back in the 90s. Between this book title and the apparent $10 scripting budget, I dismissed her as gimmicky daytime tv. And maybe I was right. But recently I saw her show and really, how can you hate on someone who makes a living screaming at deadbeats to take some personal responsibility? How many times in a day do you wish you could do that? I have heard Judy interviewed and she is always thoughtful and articulate, so my main beef with DPOML is that its really just a 200 page rant against the welfare and juvenile systems, written with minimal citations and at a 3rd grade level. She includes such gems as: "If you're old enough to have a baby, you're old enough to pack groceries," and "due process should not be the doo-doo process." Come on, Judy. You have 25 years experience in America's roughest courts. Hire a researcher and write a serious book with the facts. And while I'm on it, where is there a book about television courts? Surely there are some interesting legal situations here. After much searching, I was only able to turn up one academic paper, although it was packed with tidbits. Did you know that tv courts are technically arbitration? And the producers pay the awarded money, thus largely reducing the defendant's incentive to build a case? And what are the legal ramifications of these "judgments" anyway? So much potential here!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    As mentioned in my update,I absolutely love Judge Judy. I record her show religiously everyday,the way she handles cases are amusing and tough. Needless to say,I looked forward reading this,but what I got was a huge disappointment. The writing style was disjointed and forced,I felt like the writer badly prepared a manuscript. Also it lacks the humor that Judy has,it was extremely tedious to read through the consistency and subject matters. Love Judge Judy,but this book was not for me. I will cont As mentioned in my update,I absolutely love Judge Judy. I record her show religiously everyday,the way she handles cases are amusing and tough. Needless to say,I looked forward reading this,but what I got was a huge disappointment. The writing style was disjointed and forced,I felt like the writer badly prepared a manuscript. Also it lacks the humor that Judy has,it was extremely tedious to read through the consistency and subject matters. Love Judge Judy,but this book was not for me. I will continue to watch her,but don't have interest reading more of her books. Two stars cause I love the person, but that's about it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Certainly challenging, but not in the right ways. Judge Judy was a popular morning watch in my young adulthood. She is no nonsense, but also gives out common sense advice to seemingly dimwitted people. Judy gives the impression that whatever situation arises she could sort it out in 5 minutes. I was interested to read this book as I thought it would be a measured and researched opinion of the years she spent on the front line of family court in the Bronx. However what I got was a gimmick, one lin Certainly challenging, but not in the right ways. Judge Judy was a popular morning watch in my young adulthood. She is no nonsense, but also gives out common sense advice to seemingly dimwitted people. Judy gives the impression that whatever situation arises she could sort it out in 5 minutes. I was interested to read this book as I thought it would be a measured and researched opinion of the years she spent on the front line of family court in the Bronx. However what I got was a gimmick, one liner filled bargain bin book. Which is a deep disappointment. It seems like it was either ghost written or Judy isn't of the caliber of common sense we all thought she was. I respect her bravery in being blunt. However as a white, rich woman, she didn't have a lot to lose by writing her views in the first place. I would respect her views a lot more if they were backed up by research. She makes broad statements without backing them up with reliable research or facts. There seems to be little compassion or empathy in her views. I understand compassion fatigue all too well in my own profession (Nursing), however Judy doesn't seem to think there is any excuse and uses her own upbringing as the basis for this. The title comes from a response her father made to her achieving failing grades at College. However Judy hasn't, or seems to not have, experienced physical or sexual abuse. She hasn't lived in extreme poverty or in a community dominanted by gang violence. She lacks any compassion for people who has experienced these things. She gives sweeping judgements on large sections of society without any fact checking/research. She has her opinions and experience of course, but she is in a position of entitlement and doesn't have any understanding of that position. I wish this was a better book and I think Judy was capable of writing a better book. This book sounds like someone's aunt after too many glasses wine ranting about the 'ethnics'.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Moore

    Whew! What a read! I am such a big fan of Judge Judy, I have been for years. She is a tell it as it is woman, and I fully admire that. In this book, she tells you about several cases that she has had to deal with in court and how our system is failing itself, as well as our country. The ONLY reason I gave this book a four star review is because at one point in the book she calls unplanned children ‘mistakes’. I fully understand that this is a personal issue. I see all children as blessings, plan Whew! What a read! I am such a big fan of Judge Judy, I have been for years. She is a tell it as it is woman, and I fully admire that. In this book, she tells you about several cases that she has had to deal with in court and how our system is failing itself, as well as our country. The ONLY reason I gave this book a four star review is because at one point in the book she calls unplanned children ‘mistakes’. I fully understand that this is a personal issue. I see all children as blessings, planned or not. Rant aside, I’m actually waiting on getting a signed autograph in the mail from her. I’ve never had or wanted someone’s autograph in my life, that’s how much I look up to her. I have recently purchased her other books, and will read them as soon as they arrive. I highly recommend this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This book intrigued me since Megyn Kelly said that it was one of the best books that she had ever read, so I thought I would check it out for myself. So far this book is just like Judge Judy; straight forward, honest and oh so refreshing. "As a family court judge, I look down on a daily pageant of dysfunction that would curl your hair. Think of every social problem you can that affects America's disintegrating familes -- welfare abuse, juvenile violence, abandoned or abused children, ugly custod This book intrigued me since Megyn Kelly said that it was one of the best books that she had ever read, so I thought I would check it out for myself. So far this book is just like Judge Judy; straight forward, honest and oh so refreshing. "As a family court judge, I look down on a daily pageant of dysfunction that would curl your hair. Think of every social problem you can that affects America's disintegrating familes -- welfare abuse, juvenile violence, abandoned or abused children, ugly custody fights -- and you have just begun to scratch the surface of what parades through my court." "After 24 years in court, I have come to realize that these are not just legal problems in a downton building. They are a mirror of what has gone wrong in America, a reflection of how far we have strayed from personal responsibility and old fashioned discipline." This book should be read by everyone. Judge Judy has commonsense answers and solutions to civil, criminal and social justice issues. She blends humor and her vast experience with the US judicial system into one infinitely readable book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Livingston

    I agreed with her views on some of the problems in society and wanted to hear more of what she had to say. Unfortunately, her examples made me want to buy more locks for my doors to protect myself from the people in her examples that had done horrible things then gotten off without punishment or minimal punishment. And never leave my house. On top of that, all the things she details as being issues seem so major that improving them seems impossible and therefore makes things seem so bleak. Her s I agreed with her views on some of the problems in society and wanted to hear more of what she had to say. Unfortunately, her examples made me want to buy more locks for my doors to protect myself from the people in her examples that had done horrible things then gotten off without punishment or minimal punishment. And never leave my house. On top of that, all the things she details as being issues seem so major that improving them seems impossible and therefore makes things seem so bleak. Her suggestions on improvements sound so reasonable that you know they'll never be implemented or implemented successfully. We live in an insane world which I kind of knew, just not how insane.I didn't need to know. Excuse me, I need to go make sure my doors are locked.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I enjoy watching the show "Judge Judy" on TV, and I find it amusing. It's easy to laugh at the TV show and the various cases on the TV show are mainly harmless complaining. However, it was tough for me to read this book since I felt as if I was alone with the judge and having the judge explain gruesome case after gruesome case. It was tough for me to stomach. It was a relief to put the book down and just move on to another lighter book. You would have to be a callous person to not feel anything w I enjoy watching the show "Judge Judy" on TV, and I find it amusing. It's easy to laugh at the TV show and the various cases on the TV show are mainly harmless complaining. However, it was tough for me to read this book since I felt as if I was alone with the judge and having the judge explain gruesome case after gruesome case. It was tough for me to stomach. It was a relief to put the book down and just move on to another lighter book. You would have to be a callous person to not feel anything while reading this book. I did not find this book funny at all, and I'm surprised to see people put this book under the shelf of "humor." Hmm.. a bit disturbing to see that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    Wow - who knew that I would love a book written 15 years ago by Judge Judy? She nails so many social issues right on the head. I wonder why many of these problems haven't been resolved with her suggestions after fifteen years? I think it should be required reading for all high school students. "Teen pregnancy is not simpoly immoral, wasteful or unhealthy, it is stupid." More than 90% of people that came before Judge Judy were receiving some kind of handout. Charity for the needy - all others get a Wow - who knew that I would love a book written 15 years ago by Judge Judy? She nails so many social issues right on the head. I wonder why many of these problems haven't been resolved with her suggestions after fifteen years? I think it should be required reading for all high school students. "Teen pregnancy is not simpoly immoral, wasteful or unhealthy, it is stupid." More than 90% of people that came before Judge Judy were receiving some kind of handout. Charity for the needy - all others get a job!!! Just lots of great ideas!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Romany Adams

    Very informative, and shocking. Judy is very blunt and direct with good morals and some of the cases she's had to deal with are disgusting. This book is not for the faint of heart. Very informative, and shocking. Judy is very blunt and direct with good morals and some of the cases she's had to deal with are disgusting. This book is not for the faint of heart.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)

    Check out my full review here: http://confessionsofabookgeek.com/201... First of all, it's important to get something out of the way: I LOVE Judge Judy. I’ve watched her TV show for YEARS. I love how feisty she is and how she takes no crap from anybody, and 9.5 times out of 10 I agree with her position. Christmas 2015 my Dad got me a copy of each of Judge Judy’s books, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into them. This book focuses on the American judicial system, and serves as Judy’s rant against la Check out my full review here: http://confessionsofabookgeek.com/201... First of all, it's important to get something out of the way: I LOVE Judge Judy. I’ve watched her TV show for YEARS. I love how feisty she is and how she takes no crap from anybody, and 9.5 times out of 10 I agree with her position. Christmas 2015 my Dad got me a copy of each of Judge Judy’s books, and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into them. This book focuses on the American judicial system, and serves as Judy’s rant against lazy people, those who refuse to acknowledge their responsibilities, and areas where “the system” lets good people down. Generally, I find her views to be common sense, so they weren’t earth-shattering, BUT she speaks from experience (including providing anecdotes), and has a fantastic way with words, cutting through all the BS. I was hoping for a personal-development-book-with-bite when I got my hands on this, perhaps her others are more suited to that purpose, because this is a non-academic critique of the legal system, written for the lay person. As it was released in 1997, some of the content is a little dated, but I was surprised by how many of the overarching values still hold true. I would love a more academic text by Judy, as well as up-to-date revisions of her books – 20 years is a long time for views and opinions to change and develop. Overall, this book didn’t blow me away, but it was entertaining and enjoyable for the most part, and one that a Judge Judy fan will definitely want to have in their collection.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cody Sexton

    You know the thing I like about Judge Judy is that even though she leans toward the right, and I say that knowing she prefers not to be labeled in political terms, she still understands things like compassion and level-headedness and that welfare isn't always the problem. But I do think that because of those conservative leanings it sometimes causes her to be a little myopic in some of her judicial opinions. But her assessment of the liberal left is spot on. "The liberal left is very good at get You know the thing I like about Judge Judy is that even though she leans toward the right, and I say that knowing she prefers not to be labeled in political terms, she still understands things like compassion and level-headedness and that welfare isn't always the problem. But I do think that because of those conservative leanings it sometimes causes her to be a little myopic in some of her judicial opinions. But her assessment of the liberal left is spot on. "The liberal left is very good at getting us to feel guilty about crime and dysfunction in society, always trying to get us to accept the blame for most of societies ills, but it's the criminals who are responsible for crime not us." "In America we sometimes have a tendency to celebrate victims just not victims of crimes." She further adds, "If liberals had it their way they'd makes us feel responsible about bad weather too." A facetious statement to be sure but one that I have a hard time disagreeing with. She also says that in all matters our question should not be "who are the needy?" but rather "why are they needy?" Personal responsibility folks, it's that fucking simple. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    I do adore me some Judge Judy. Really. It's unhealthy how much I love her. I never. EVER. want to have to before her. EVER. She scares me. This book was written in '95, but really, she could've written it today. The complaints she makes about the justice system are still extremely alive and well today. While some of her 'tips' for fixing the problem drag on, they're written in a style that is truly Judge Judy, and I think that's what made reading it all the more interesting. Her real life stories I do adore me some Judge Judy. Really. It's unhealthy how much I love her. I never. EVER. want to have to before her. EVER. She scares me. This book was written in '95, but really, she could've written it today. The complaints she makes about the justice system are still extremely alive and well today. While some of her 'tips' for fixing the problem drag on, they're written in a style that is truly Judge Judy, and I think that's what made reading it all the more interesting. Her real life stories of cases she's seen were disturbing, and I winced quite a few times. The stories involving children are always hard, even the ones that she used to show that the law needs to be tougher on young offenders. I agree, but it doesn't make it any easier to read about young kids doing unspeakable acts to each other and other people. A quick read that was worth it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Judge Judy made some good points about the welfare of children and the unaddressed flaws of the justice system. Reading the text made me realize why she’s so harsh in court. Nevertheless, I rated it two stars because a lot of her rants and opinions about the impoverished, why they commit crime and how to reduce crime were uninformed, biased, outdated and awfully childish. Her ideas of crime reduction and getting out of poverty she gave were so silly and simple-minded, which was surprising coming Judge Judy made some good points about the welfare of children and the unaddressed flaws of the justice system. Reading the text made me realize why she’s so harsh in court. Nevertheless, I rated it two stars because a lot of her rants and opinions about the impoverished, why they commit crime and how to reduce crime were uninformed, biased, outdated and awfully childish. Her ideas of crime reduction and getting out of poverty she gave were so silly and simple-minded, which was surprising coming from someone who knows the justice system is flawed and from someone who’s worked with poor people her entire career. As a criminal justice major, I was disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much. I kept turning to my wife and saying, "If Judge Judy ran for president, she'd have my vote quicker than these other candidates we're seeing!" Anyway, the book is probably targeted towards your average Judge Judy television audience member -- this is not a book of academic research, it's a book of anecdotes and Judy's informed opinions. The book describes the horrors of the broken welfare system, and the broken foster care system, and offers potential fi I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much. I kept turning to my wife and saying, "If Judge Judy ran for president, she'd have my vote quicker than these other candidates we're seeing!" Anyway, the book is probably targeted towards your average Judge Judy television audience member -- this is not a book of academic research, it's a book of anecdotes and Judy's informed opinions. The book describes the horrors of the broken welfare system, and the broken foster care system, and offers potential fixes. It's hard to disagree with her points. This book came out in 1996 but it still seems relevant.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I have a lot of respect for Judge Judy after reading this book (before, it was just "oh, that American reality show woman"?) After two decades as the presiding judge on one of New York's Family Courts, Judge Judy is well-placed to offer a critique of the failure of the American system with regards to her field. And what a devastating opinion it is; extremely authoritative and peppered with stories that will break your heart. I should say that I moved a few notches rightward after reading this book I have a lot of respect for Judge Judy after reading this book (before, it was just "oh, that American reality show woman"?) After two decades as the presiding judge on one of New York's Family Courts, Judge Judy is well-placed to offer a critique of the failure of the American system with regards to her field. And what a devastating opinion it is; extremely authoritative and peppered with stories that will break your heart. I should say that I moved a few notches rightward after reading this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Judge Judy...she is obnoxious and sometimes won't shut up...but her book was okay. She sounds like, before she was on TV, that she wouldn't always do the popular thing. She tried to do more of the right thing, to her way of thinking. I think it's okay to make people more accountable for their action. I just hope I don't get caught! Judge Judy...she is obnoxious and sometimes won't shut up...but her book was okay. She sounds like, before she was on TV, that she wouldn't always do the popular thing. She tried to do more of the right thing, to her way of thinking. I think it's okay to make people more accountable for their action. I just hope I don't get caught!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christen

    pretty bad - i expected interesting stories of her court cases, but she just uses court cases to reiterate her points about welfare and making people pay for their own kids. she just didn't have enough material to fill a book and it shows as the book is incredibly repetitive. i'll just watch her on tv. pretty bad - i expected interesting stories of her court cases, but she just uses court cases to reiterate her points about welfare and making people pay for their own kids. she just didn't have enough material to fill a book and it shows as the book is incredibly repetitive. i'll just watch her on tv.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book was more chilling than anything I've read recently. No wonder our society is so screwed up! Too bad we don't have more straight shooting judges Judge Judy that would stand up for what is right! Judge Judy for president!!!!! This book was more chilling than anything I've read recently. No wonder our society is so screwed up! Too bad we don't have more straight shooting judges Judge Judy that would stand up for what is right! Judge Judy for president!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    I was so disappointed in this book. I love the outspoken, pro-responsibility attitude of Judge Judy, but found her feisty personality too muted in print. The storyline became merely repetitive and boring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KingSolomon

    A sobering treatise that should be mandatory reading for anyone in any form of education, be it the pursuit of a governmental office, or that of a dancer. Common sense is the base we all need to found ourselves on before we attempt anything in this world, surely before we even dare to conceive that the world owes us anything. For common sense will preclude the farcical notion of such a faulted mindset before it spreads its noxious wings and perniciously poisons our entire society. Sadly, many p A sobering treatise that should be mandatory reading for anyone in any form of education, be it the pursuit of a governmental office, or that of a dancer. Common sense is the base we all need to found ourselves on before we attempt anything in this world, surely before we even dare to conceive that the world owes us anything. For common sense will preclude the farcical notion of such a faulted mindset before it spreads its noxious wings and perniciously poisons our entire society. Sadly, many people have missed the boat in a conglomerate of their own irresponsible knavishness, as well as the inexcusably ridiculous programs of our byzantine bureaucracy. We fund immoral and debased individual culprits who shout to the world that it’s their right to be sustained and enriched, the left heed their call like sheeple, silencing anyone who dares to raise a hint of a rational argument, the theiving and connibing government agencies fill their pockets by touting cursory and inane placards of false morality, our founding fathers are disgraced,our judicial system rendered a jester’s display, our funds depleted, our pockets scoured clean of our hard-earned money, our criminals parading the streets, culprits frolicing along looking for their next target, searching, and not for long, for the next loophole they can easily capitalize on. Searching for the next opportunity to bring a crack baby into this world and yell at us to pay for it. Beating their foster children to death without consequence; the public receiving backlashing censure for daring to defend the anandon of morals. The virtuous rot while the guilty prosper all under the guise of noble government and ground legislature. Our government is comprise of crooks who care nothing but false values and money. Our populace is replete with criminals treated as heroes. Our sense of right and wrong is battered to nothing in litigation that is designed to triumph the guilty and stamp on the innocent. And all this is funded to an inept, illicit, and inane bureaucracy from the deepest pits of taxpayer’s pockets. Our coin is funding a stupid and crippled injustice system, and Judge Judy, the voice of reason in a vortex of utter chaos in stupidity supplies us with a warm and steady dose of wakingly cold logic and clear reason. Nothing could be better portrayed than the anecdotal lessons scattered throughout this book, by a judge with decades of experience embroiled in a harshly honest critique of our society and judicial system. Hearkening back to Fredric Bastiat, this is a sobering work that calls sharply for the end of nonsense, and the return to reason. A necessary piece of literature. Mandatory reading to anyone ready to admit they have a brain. 5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina Abel

    The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that it appears to written for a more specific audience than just the general public. While I agree 100% with the message that Mrs. Sheindlin puts out there, I do not believe that I, as a housewife, have any power to implement the changes she recommends. If I were in the legal profession or if I held a position in politics (or my husband filled such a role) I would absolutely use my position to help enact several of these changes in policy and l The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that it appears to written for a more specific audience than just the general public. While I agree 100% with the message that Mrs. Sheindlin puts out there, I do not believe that I, as a housewife, have any power to implement the changes she recommends. If I were in the legal profession or if I held a position in politics (or my husband filled such a role) I would absolutely use my position to help enact several of these changes in policy and law. While there are strides that have been to society's benefit, I also believe that there have been numerous ones made to society's detriment. We no longer take care of each other, we just assume that the government is going to step in and do something. This is the wrong way to think! Mrs. Sheindlin talks about matters such as this, and freely gives the reader ideas on how to go about fixing these problems. If your interest lies in law-making and/or policy, or if you happen to be in a position that deals with one or both, this book is a must-read. Even if you disagree with her ideas for implementation, or if you disagree that any of these issues is a problem, the book should be used as an educational and informational tool.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Interesting mentions of cases from Sheindlin's career that were the highlight of the book for me. It was an invigorating read. Sheindlin puts responsibility and accountability back onto the individual. It hard to not want to do and expect better from yourself and the people and systems around you. At times I found Sheindlin unsympathetic and even ignorant of the complexities of certain circumstances. I do not think people want to be in this circumstances, but are enabling it themselves because th Interesting mentions of cases from Sheindlin's career that were the highlight of the book for me. It was an invigorating read. Sheindlin puts responsibility and accountability back onto the individual. It hard to not want to do and expect better from yourself and the people and systems around you. At times I found Sheindlin unsympathetic and even ignorant of the complexities of certain circumstances. I do not think people want to be in this circumstances, but are enabling it themselves because this is how they know to survive (and make money). But Sheindlin points out the flaw of this thinking; without proper action to accompany sympathy, it is only enabling and justifying welfare abusers and mediocrity. And amazing book that made me question my own perception of the welfare system.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    Judge Judy is someone people seem to either love or hate. I became familiar with her because her show was playing while I had physical therapy sessions back in the early 2000s. She makes me laugh, and I have to admit that I have learned a lot about how life and the legal system work by watching her on her show and by reading her books. I can’t picture myself volunteering to go on TV to be a litigant on a show like hers, but I appreciate the education, and I also like seeing a strong, no nonsense Judge Judy is someone people seem to either love or hate. I became familiar with her because her show was playing while I had physical therapy sessions back in the early 2000s. She makes me laugh, and I have to admit that I have learned a lot about how life and the legal system work by watching her on her show and by reading her books. I can’t picture myself volunteering to go on TV to be a litigant on a show like hers, but I appreciate the education, and I also like seeing a strong, no nonsense woman operate. This book is written in her same style, and I enjoyed reading it while I did my physical therapy exercises this summer.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Theda

    Just as true now as it was in 1996. We have become a society of infantilized "victims" - with no personal responsibility. She has some good suggestions for change, but the book is mostly anecdotes of her cases to illustrate flaws in the sentencing, welfare, and foster care systems. Her views and opinions resonate with me - but I don't see a solution - the liberals and apologists have been entrenched for far too long. (yep, that was a "political" statement). I wouldn't call this an enjoyable read, Just as true now as it was in 1996. We have become a society of infantilized "victims" - with no personal responsibility. She has some good suggestions for change, but the book is mostly anecdotes of her cases to illustrate flaws in the sentencing, welfare, and foster care systems. Her views and opinions resonate with me - but I don't see a solution - the liberals and apologists have been entrenched for far too long. (yep, that was a "political" statement). I wouldn't call this an enjoyable read, rather one that is both thought-provoking and depressing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori Bain

    While I enjoy and respect Judge Sheindlin's common sense, no-holds-barred approach to the legal and social ills that ravage our country and pockets, she does tend to go a little too far right sometimes. On the other hand, she makes some cogent points about ways in which the judiciary, prisons, and social services can all be cleaned up, straightened out, and leave the taxpayers in our country paying for less in all of these ways. While I enjoy and respect Judge Sheindlin's common sense, no-holds-barred approach to the legal and social ills that ravage our country and pockets, she does tend to go a little too far right sometimes. On the other hand, she makes some cogent points about ways in which the judiciary, prisons, and social services can all be cleaned up, straightened out, and leave the taxpayers in our country paying for less in all of these ways.

  27. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Plante

    A book filled with Judge Judy wit and humor. It is also a suggestion on how to correct the welfare system and make people more responsible for themselves. Judge Judy has a lot of peeves about society, our government, and many laws that she feels should be changed. This book is a no-nonsense look at what she sees every day as a judge and she gives her opinions and advice on how it should be solved. Her humor runs throughout the book and makes you smile as you read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    Was very disappointed with both the quality and content of this book, which is a shame because I'm usually a huge fan of Judge Judy. Unfortunately, for a book that's all about how she hates whiners, this book felt like nothing but complaining about a system in which she is/was complicit. She also displays no empathy at all, which makes her blunt, "no nonsense" TV persona a lot more difficult to justify - a rich white lady that hates the impoverished is a hard pass from me. Was very disappointed with both the quality and content of this book, which is a shame because I'm usually a huge fan of Judge Judy. Unfortunately, for a book that's all about how she hates whiners, this book felt like nothing but complaining about a system in which she is/was complicit. She also displays no empathy at all, which makes her blunt, "no nonsense" TV persona a lot more difficult to justify - a rich white lady that hates the impoverished is a hard pass from me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    so I get addicted to watching Judge Judy and thus decided to read this book because of that. as you'd expect it's pretty preachy, there's some common sense stuff and then aggravating stuff. interesting to find out she was pretty hard on her kids but she's made her way through a lot of adverse conditions. seeing all that misery is quite a bit so I get addicted to watching Judge Judy and thus decided to read this book because of that. as you'd expect it's pretty preachy, there's some common sense stuff and then aggravating stuff. interesting to find out she was pretty hard on her kids but she's made her way through a lot of adverse conditions. seeing all that misery is quite a bit

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Weaver

    Highly problematic, egregiously classist, occasionally racist, surprisingly antifeminist, willfully ignorant of social justice, often self-contradictory, poorly argued, and mind-numbingly repetitive in structure and tone. She does make a decent point about birth control on page 212...but the rest is awful.

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