ᴀɴ 85-ʏᴇᴀʀ-ᴏʟᴅ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴜɴʟɪᴋᴇʟʏ ᴠɪʀᴀʟ ᴠɪᴅᴇᴏ sᴇɴsᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, ʙᴜᴛ sᴏᴍᴇʜᴏᴡ ᴍᴜɴɪᴄɪᴘᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ғʀᴀɴᴋ ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, ʜᴜᴍᴏᴜʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴏᴛᴀᴛɪɴɢ ᴄᴀsᴛ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴏᴏʀ sᴏᴜʟs ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴛɪᴄᴋᴇᴛᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄɪᴛʏ ᴏғ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ.
ᴠɪᴅᴇᴏs ғᴇᴀᴛᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴋɪɴᴅ-hearted judge have now reached hundreds of millions of views.
ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ ᴄᴀʟʟs ᴄʜɪʟᴅʀᴇɴ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴜᴘ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇɴᴄʜ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇʟᴘ ᴘᴀss ᴊᴜᴅɢᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛs ᴀɴᴅ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs ʜɪɢʜ sᴄʜᴏᴏʟᴇʀs ᴘʀᴏᴍɪsᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴᴅ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇɢᴇ ɪɴ ʀᴇᴛᴜʀɴ ғᴏʀ ᴅʀᴏᴘᴘɪɴɢ ᴛɪᴄᴋᴇᴛs. He works out payment plans for people who are struggling. ᴏᴄᴄᴀsɪᴏɴᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴇ ʟᴏsᴇs ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴄᴇ, ᴇsᴘᴇᴄɪᴀʟʟʏ ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴛʜɪɴᴋs ᴛʜᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ ɪs ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ɢɪᴠᴇ ʜɪᴍ “ᴀ sɴᴏᴡ ᴊᴏʙ.” ʜᴇ ᴇᴠᴇɴ ɢᴇᴛs ʟᴀᴜɢʜs ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ ᴛᴜʀɴs ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴘʟᴇᴀs ғᴏʀ ᴀ ʙʀᴇᴀᴋ.
ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ᴛʜɪɴᴋs ʜᴇ’s ɢᴏɴᴇ ᴠɪʀᴀʟ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʟᴏsᴛ ғᴀɪᴛʜ ɪɴ ɢᴏᴠᴇʀɴᴍᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʀᴇ ᴀᴄᴄᴜsᴛᴏᴍᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ɪɴsᴛɪᴛᴜᴛɪᴏɴs ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʀᴇɢᴀʀᴅ ғᴏʀ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴᴀʟ ᴄɪʀᴄᴜᴍsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇs .
“I’m just really having a tough time, your honour,” she told the judge through tears, as Caprio listened attentively.
“I don’t think anyone in their lifetime would ever want to experience that,” he told her.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world. I feel so empty and lost,” she replied.
ʜᴇ ᴅɪsᴍɪssᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛɪᴄᴋᴇᴛs.
ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴀsᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴠɪᴇᴡᴇᴅ ɴᴇᴀʀʟʏ 170 ᴍɪʟʟɪᴏɴ ᴛɪᴍᴇs ᴏɴ ғᴀᴄᴇʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴀɴᴅ ɢɪᴠᴇɴ sᴜʙᴛɪᴛʟᴇs ɪɴ ɴɪɴᴇ ʟᴀɴɢᴜᴀɢᴇs.
ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛᴇʀs ғʀᴏᴍ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴡᴇɪɢʜ ɪɴ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠɪᴅᴇᴏs ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ’s ᴛᴇɴᴅᴇʀʜᴇᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀᴘᴘʀᴏᴀᴄʜ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴍᴇʀɪᴄᴀɴ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛ sʏsᴛᴇᴍ, sᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ ᴍᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴs ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴘʀɪᴅᴇ.
“I may be adding just a little bit more understanding toward the United States system of government and how it works, that we are a decent peace-loving people, and not how we’re being portrayed in other parts of the world,” ʜᴇ sᴀɪᴅ.
ʜᴇ ʟᴇᴀʀɴᴇᴅ ʜɪs ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀssɪᴏɴ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜɪs ғᴀᴛʜᴇʀ, ᴀɴ ɪᴍᴍɪɢʀᴀɴᴛ ғʀᴏᴍ ɪᴛᴀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ғʀᴜɪᴛ ᴘᴇᴅᴅʟᴇʀ-ᴛᴜʀɴᴇᴅ-ᴍɪʟᴋᴍᴀɴ, ᴡʜᴏ ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅ ᴘᴀʏ ᴍɪʟᴋ ʙɪʟʟs ғᴏʀ ᴄᴜsᴛᴏᴍᴇʀs ᴡʜᴏ ғᴇʟʟ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ, ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜ ʜɪs ᴏᴡɴ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ ʟɪᴠᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴀ ᴄᴏʟᴅ-ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ ғʟᴀᴛ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғᴇᴡ ʀᴇsᴏᴜʀᴄᴇs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴏᴡɴ.
ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ ᴛᴀᴜɢʜᴛ ʜɪɢʜ sᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ʜɪsᴛᴏʀʏ ᴛᴏ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ ʜɪᴍsᴇʟғ ᴀs ʜᴇ ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ ʟᴀᴡ sᴄʜᴏᴏʟ ᴀᴛ ʙᴏsᴛᴏɴ’s sᴜғғᴏʟᴋ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ ᴀᴛ ɴɪɢʜᴛ. ᴀғᴛᴇʀ ʙᴜɪʟᴅɪɴɢ ᴀ ʟᴀᴡ ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴄᴇ, ʜᴇ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴍᴇ ᴀ ᴘᴀʀᴛ-ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴍᴜɴɪᴄɪᴘᴀʟ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛ ɪɴ 1985, ʜᴇᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴍᴏsᴛʟʏ ɴᴏɴ-ᴄʀɪᴍɪɴᴀʟ ᴍᴀᴛᴛᴇʀs. ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʏᴇᴀʀs ʟᴀᴛᴇʀ, ʜɪs ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀ, ᴊᴏᴇ, ʙᴇɢᴀɴ ғɪʟᴍɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢs, ᴄᴀʟʟɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴏᴡ “ᴄᴀᴜɢʜᴛ ɪɴ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ.”
ɪᴛ ʜᴀs ᴀɪʀᴇᴅ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟʟʏ sɪɴᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇɴ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ’s ғᴀᴍᴇ ᴛᴏᴏᴋ ᴏғғ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ sʜᴏʀᴛᴇʀ ᴄʟɪᴘs sᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ғᴀᴄᴇʙᴏᴏᴋ ʟᴀsᴛ ʏᴇᴀʀ, ᴘᴏsᴛᴇᴅ ʙʏ ᴊᴏᴇ’ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀɴʏ ᴀɴᴅ sᴏᴄɪᴀʙʟᴇ, ᴀ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀɴʏ.
“Uncle Joe” as he’s known to online fans, says his brother is the same off camera as on, and he has a good message for America and the world.
“He’s like a father figure to the world,” he said. “He’s a senior gentleman. When he says something, they listen.”
ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ɢɪᴠᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴏᴘᴛ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ғɪʟᴍᴇᴅ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʜᴀɴᴅғᴜʟ ᴅɪᴅ ᴏɴ ᴏɴᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴇɴᴛ ᴍᴏʀɴɪɴɢ. ʙᴜᴛ ᴍᴏsᴛ ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ sᴇᴇᴍ ᴛᴏ ᴍɪɴᴅ, ɪɴᴄʟᴜᴅɪɴɢ ᴊᴜᴅʏ ʙᴀʀʀᴏs, ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀs ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sʜᴏᴡ ғᴏʀ ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴀɴᴅ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ ʜɪᴍ ᴛᴡɪᴄᴇ.
“If you have a problem, he listens,” she said, shortly after he dismissed a ticket for parking in a no-parking zone, even though she had a disability placard.
ᴡʜᴇɴ ʜᴇ’s ɴᴏᴛ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇɴᴄʜ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇ ʜᴀs ᴀ ʙᴜsʏ ʟᴀᴡ ғɪʀᴍ, ᴏᴡɴs ᴀɴ ᴏᴄᴇᴀɴғʀᴏɴᴛ ʀᴇsᴛᴀᴜʀᴀɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ᴋᴇᴇᴘs ᴜᴘ ᴀɴ ᴀᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ ʟɪғᴇ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴇᴀᴅ ᴏғ ᴀ sᴘʀᴀᴡʟɪɴɢ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ. ᴘʀᴇsɪᴅᴇɴᴛ ᴅᴏɴᴀʟᴅ ᴛʀᴜᴍᴘ’s ᴇx-ᴡɪғᴇ, ᴍᴀʀʟᴀ ᴍᴀᴘʟᴇs, sᴛᴀʏᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ’s ɢᴜᴇsᴛʜᴏᴜsᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴍᴜᴛᴜᴀʟ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴇᴀʀʟɪᴇʀ ᴛʜɪs ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ. ᴛʜᴇ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ɴɪɢʜᴛ, ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴅɪɴɴᴇʀ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛᴀʟᴋ sʜᴏᴡ ʜᴏsᴛ ʀᴇɢɪs ᴘʜɪʟʙɪɴ.
sɪɴɢᴇʀ ᴘᴀᴜʟᴀ ᴀʙᴅᴜʟ ɪs ᴄᴏɴsɪᴅᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴍᴇᴍʙᴇʀ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ sʜᴇ sᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ ᴅᴀᴛɪɴɢ ʜɪs sᴏɴ, ᴊᴏʜɴ, sɪx ʏᴇᴀʀs ᴀɢᴏ. ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ sᴏɴ, ғʀᴀɴᴋ ᴛ. ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ, ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴍᴏᴄʀᴀᴛɪᴄ ɴᴏᴍɪɴᴇᴇ ғᴏʀ ʀʜᴏᴅᴇ ɪsʟᴀɴᴅ ɢᴏᴠᴇʀɴᴏʀ ɪɴ 2010.
ʙᴀᴄᴋ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴜʀᴛʀᴏᴏᴍ, ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ sᴀɪᴅ ʜᴇ’s ɴᴏᴛ ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ʙᴜᴛ ʜᴇ’s ᴛʀʏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ʜɪs ᴘᴀʀᴛ.
“ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴀʟ ᴀɴᴀʟʏsɪs, ɪ’ᴍ ᴏɴʟʏ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴍʏ ғᴀᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛᴀᴜɢʜᴛ ᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ,” ᴄᴀᴘʀɪᴏ sᴀɪᴅ. “ɪ’ᴍ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʜɪs ᴀᴅᴠɪᴄᴇ, ᴀɴᴅ ɪᴛ ʀᴇsᴏɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ.”