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Judge Hopes That Celebrity Hearing Will Make Him a Celebrity

While some of the judges who handled cases involving Anna Nicole Smith prefer to avoid televised hearings, word has it that one judge presiding over the hearing on where to bury Anna Nicole has his sights set on TV stardom. According to these articles, Judge Larry (MSNBC 2/20/07) and Snappy judge is star of this Anna Nicole reality show (Kansas City Star, 2/20/07), Broward County Judge Larry Seidlin reportedly wants to audition for a TV series. And thus far, he's getting pretty good ratings, at least in the TV-likability department. From the Kansas City Star article:

''He is not as pretty as Judge Judy, but he is cut from the same tooth,'' said Vinnie Politan, co-host of CourtTV's weekday morning show, ``Bloom & Politan.'' ``We here at CourtTV love him. This is going to put him on the map, and he knows it.''

Apparently, however, Seidlin isn't as highly regarded by other attorneys:

One lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was mystified that Seidlin is getting national attention.'One of the worst judges in Broward County could wind up becoming a TV star,'' said the lawyer.  And that attorney is not alone. In the 2004 Broward County Bar Poll, 22 percent of lawyers responding to the survey said Seidlin was not qualified - putting him near the bottom of the pack of judges. And the blog found on the Web site for the Justice Advocacy Association of Broward - - had several hostile statements about Seidlin, calling him some names that can't be published in a family newspaper.

Of course, what real lawyers think about Seidlin doesn't matter at the end of the day. After all, we all know that television shows portraying the legal profession don't accurately reflect real life.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on February 21, 2007 at 07:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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