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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (20 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060927941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060927943
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy Sheindlin, former supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court has, for 24 years, 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. She abandons all judicial restraint in a scathing critique of the system, filled with hard-nosed alternatives to what she perceives as the US' bloated welfare bureaucracy and soft-on-crime laws.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I am in complete agreement with Judge Judy. She is a tough talking, no nonsense, commom sense oriented individual, who believes in personal responsibility and acountability. What you see on the television screen, if you watch her show "Judge Judy", is what you find between the cover of this book.
The book covers a variety of social issues in the context of her legal and judicial experience, and she does a full court press in giving her opinions. Not given to judicial restraint, she speaks out on those issues to which her nearly quarter of a century experience as a judge has entitled her. I only wish that she were running for public office. She would certainly have my vote.
The only issue that I take with the book is that it is really not a cohesive entity. It is a somewhat disjointed collection of essays or opinions on various social issues that repeatedly came up during her years on the bench. There is no attempt to put them together into a broader context, so that one segues into the next. This is the one shortcoming of the book. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb. 1997
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This humorous but pithy little volume addresses many of the problems faced by American families and taxpayers. Yes, the two are intertwined. From her unique perspective as a family court judge, Judge Judy presents the sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant plight of the American family as it has evolved over the past decades. By bringing her no nonsense approach to both the bench and book, she spotlights that we, the American public, need to re-examine our good intentions and add a healthy dose of reality to our attempts to help those less fortunate than ourselves. She offers realistic, sensible approaches which, if applied, would help people to become more self-sufficient rather than more dependent on government for prolonged assistance which has come to be treated as an entitlement rather than temporary help.

Whether one agrees with all her premises or not, she offers a breath of fresh air to a stale situation which has only grown worse over the last several decades.

This volume should be required reading for all those who believe that throwing money at the problems bedeviling families in this country can be cured by more programs or more monetary entitlements.

One might add that if a few politicians and judges as well as social workers spent an hour or two with this book, it might offer fresh insights into less costly and more productive solutions to the problems that plague our society.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 1998
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I have read Judge Judy's book from the library and now am going to purchase a copy not only for myself but for Christmas gifts. I have worked in the legal system for ten years and people didn't believe that the things Judge Judy brought to light really took place. Even more frustrating was to see how "juris prudence" handled some of the worst courtroom etrocities with kid gloves. I have the utmost respect for the Honorable Judge Sheindlin. She has the unique ability to combine extraordinary insight, intellect, compassion, legal expertise, and COMMON SENSE. She also has the answers for our dysfunctional society. Please read this book and pass it along. We'll all benefit. As my ten-year-old puts it, "Judge Judy kicks bootie!" Judge Judy...Encore!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Sept. 2007
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Law abiding people know something is radically wrong with the justice system in the UK. Judge Judy confirms what all sane people intuitively know - that softness encourages anti-social behaviour. What I learned is that We, the observers, can't sit back and expect "Them" to do something. Take responsibiilty. Ask questions. Ask awkward questions. Then ask more awkward questions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 1998
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Finally, someone with enough courage to speak out, and tell of all the injustice, and loopholes, burrowing beneath our justice system. I beleave that this book provides some simple answers to what seems to be some tough questions. I hoestly believe that if Judge Judy were running our country's legal system, we would be in a whole lot better shape, than we are now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2011
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It appears the U.S. welfare system is just as messed up as that of the UK and here Judge Judy takes a very critical look at case studies that illustrate how it needs a major rehaul. The teenage arsonist who had been medicated from age 2 by an alcoholic, unable-to-cope single mum...the murderer who demands that his rights be respected and the grandma of his kids who now cares for them since he killed their mother, bring them to visit him in jail...people scamming the system, criminals getting off on a technicality, we read about it all the time. Here in a well written expose, Judge Judy concludes with 'if someone's social condition is caused by their own irresponsibility, they are in no position to demand that we assume their self inflicted burdens'. A welcome change to all the liberal claptrap that surrounds us
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1998
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I read the book Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining. It was very enlightening. If I were a welfare recipient, I would have found more ways to bilk the system I was unaware of. The Kinship programs were something I have never heard of, because in my family, if you have a child, you raise that child. You work for a living, and you pay for your mistakes. I get so tired of people getting a free ride at my expense. I see it everyday, and just like Judge Judy, I'm tired of seeing... I'm tired of coming home from work to find all the neighborhood kids running over, after all, mommy has been having to put up with them all day, so why not sent them here, to bother me who was working all day. I'm tired of seeing welfare recipients in grocery lines, that have two carts full of brand names I can't afford, and things like steak, and all the snacks they can get. I would hope everyone would read this book, and feel the same way I do, but chances are, some of the readers will be bilkers of the system. They will be outraged that someone has questioned them. I wish there could be some swift reforms to make people stop playing victims, and start taking responsibility for their lives.
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