Reality judicial television shows have been around for many years. Many of us have grown up on The People’s Court and Judge Judy. But how do these shows first get on the air? And what crosses the line between maintaining the dignity of the judicial system and pure entertainment? One judge in San Diego, Judge DeAnn Salcido, recently decided to film a few of the more entertaining cases that came to her courtroom, complete with her own off-the-cuff wit in hopes of being the next courtroom TV show. Instead of a contract she is facing discipline from the Commission on Judicial Performance. The notice contends, among other things, that she was not upholding the integrity of the judiciary, that she made some inappropriate remarks. Judge Salcido recently filed a response. Law.com covers the story in two nice articles here and here.
What do you think? Should Judge Salcido be sanctioned? Should she get a TV show? For that matter, how do you feel about Judge Judy? Where do you think we should draw the line between the law and entertainment?