Judge Frank Caprio, 82 is a known television judge on ABC’s Caught in Providence. He is known for straightforwardness, compassion, and humor. In this video, Y’see, Coella was charged with a ‘school zone violation’, which meant he had been exceeding the speed limit in a school area. He came before Caprio’s court after being ticketed for this. Coella defended himself, saying, “I don’t drive that fast, Judge. I’m 96 years old and I drive slowly, and I only drive when I have to.”
He furthered that he was only taking his son to the doctor’s office. “I was going to the blood work for my boy. He’s handicapped. Yeah, I take him for blood work every two weeks because he’s got cancer.” The judge responded in return “You are a good man. You are a good man. You really are what America is all about. Here you are in your 90s, and you’re still taking care of your family. That’s just a wonderful thing. “The judge then asked the age of his son. “63,” he said, prompting Caprio to ask: “Yeah, and Daddy is still taking care of him, right?”
See what the judge did next. He pointed to his own son sitting in the back of the courtroom and said to Coella “You are setting a bad example for my kid. You are putting a lot of pressure on me. Now, my kid will expect me to drive him around at 90”. At that, he dismissed the case, wished Coella well.
Watch the 96-year-old dad emotional moment here. He nodded in teary-eyes and relief when released.
How best could you have treated this case if you were in the judge shoes?