I decided to do a feature on Justice with Judge Jeanine because she is someone everyone, especially women should know. As a pioneer in her field, she overcame gender obstacles in the courtroom. Judge Pirro was one of the first woman on the county bench of Westchester County, N.Y. She was also the first female district attorney in the county. Judge Jeanine was one of the first to form a task force against domestic violence. She has a 100% conviction rate for violent and sexual offenders. Now she is no longer in the courtroom but on an hour-long news show on Fox News Channel. She talks about crime and political issues. Often going to the area of the crime to do her own investigation. Judge Jeanine doesn’t just inform she educates viewers on every topic she covers.
The most recent episode of Justice with Judge Jeanine had controversial guest Sheriff Chuck Wright. He raised a few eyebrows after a recent arrest of a rapist in his county of Spartanburg, South Carolina. He said he’s tired of telling women he’s sorry when rapists are released from prison to rape again. So he told the women of his county to buy a gun for protection. Since his announcement its been reported that gun sales have gone up in his area. Melanie Malek executive director of People Against Rape feels the sheriff is pushing for vigilante justice. She prefers self-defense education over the use of a gun. Sheriff Wright said he wants everyone who buys a gun to get a permit and take safety classes. He’s adamant he’s not advocating vigilante justice, he just wants women to protect themselves. Ms. Malek said she’s worried if a woman kills her attacker she will be charged with murder because it will be hard to prove she was about to be raped. Judge Jeanine said it may come down to what you want to be-a victim or a defendant.
I’ve been a victim and I have a gun. However, I struggle with this option. I’ve survived rape but I can’t imagine taking a life or even being the cause of a negatively altered existence. I bought the gun after the death of my father. I was taking care of my mother and felt safer having a loaded gun in the house. To protect my mother,I could have used it without a second thought. Now that she’s gone,I don’t know. Rape was one of the most physically painful experiences of my life. Life goes on–here I am. I imagine life after killing someone (even a rapist) to be a daily nightmare. I just don’t know if I could pull my gun and hope to never be put in a situation to find out.
Judge Jeanine is one of my favorite people and Justice with Judge Jeanine is one of my favorite shows. I hope you’ll tune in each Saturday at 9pm EST. on Fox News Channel.