I first heard of Judge Jeanine Pirro from her TV court show of the same name. There is always something that distinguishes one judge show from another; with Judge Pirro, besides having a great sense of humor and contagious laugh, she was a true pioneer in the legal arena.
First she was an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County N.Y. and later became the first female county court judge. After she left the bench, she was elected the first female District Attorney. Judge Jeanine helped to improve the laws for victims of rape, murder & domestic violence. During her time as D.A. she developed the very first task force to deal with the issue of domestic violence in the country. She was strong force against crime with a 100 percent conviction rate. She continues to be the fiercest fighter for the underdog. Judge Jeanine can be scary tough and beautifully compassionate. A truly awesome combination!
Her court show won an Emmy this year but you won’t see her on the TV bench anymore, she has moved to a desk at FOX News Channel. Justice with Judge Jeanine is an hour-long program discussing the legal system as it relates to crime and current court cases.
Hearing about Judge Jeanine’s accomplishments peaked my curiosity so I read her book, To Punish and Protect: Against a System That Coddles Criminals.
I was impressed by this woman who gave a voice to those without one. I admire strong women who get things done; it wasn’t something I saw growing up. I had a mom who couldn’t or wouldn’t even protect me from the horrors going on in our own home. So someone like Judge Pirro was unheard of in my world.
So imagine my surprise when I found Judge Jeanine on Twitter. Yes, it’s really her, and not some imposter. She had just signed up,so I was one of her first fifty followers; she answered her tweets as often as she could. I asked some of her other followers to share why Judge Jeanine is so special to them:
Knowing Judge Jeanine when I was younger would have been the greatest to have realized there was a voice for those of us who felt transparent in the world! -Jill T.
I admire her courage to be an advocate for victims of domestic violence and her compassion for the law. -Kimberly Fitzgerald
Judge Pirro is my role model to start with.. she has given me endless advice and helped me through a tough situation. -Katie W
She is so heartfelt, caring and compassionate which is what makes her a terrific advocate for victims of abuse. – Amy
I’m struggling to find the right words to explain why I’m such a fan of Judge Jeanine. At first it was because she’s an animal lover like me. But then, not long ago it changed. I’m afraid if I’m not careful I will offend someone. Sharing my truth is a bit awkward but I hope through any discomfort readers will relate or at least understand my feelings. I’m white and when I was growing up white women in my life were either passive, mean or distant. That was my experience. But black women were the strong and compassionate ones. As a fan of some strong black celebrities I sometimes feel like an outsider. There seemed to be a connection between people of the same race that I just couldn’t understand. That was until I did some further reading online about Judge Jeanine, a woman of Lebanese decent. I didn’t know Lebanese were white. At that moment I understood why there is some connection between races. A white woman who stood up and fought for the abused, seriously? I was blown away! There is comfort in the knowledge that she was out there protecting girls like me. I was sexually abused throughout my childhood & my cries for help were ignored. I felt a connection to Judge Jeanine at that moment. But more importantly, there was a rebirth of a trust that had died in me a long time ago.