Judge Marilyn Milian, from “The People’s Court,” was at Yankee Stadium on Monday to present Rivera with a robe and gavel before the Yankees’ game against the Rays, which was won by New York, 5-3. The producers of the TV show read about the kangaroo court, which took place before the game on May 20, and immediately thought to approach the club about staging a meeting with Rivera.
“The Yankees brought back the time-honored tradition of the kangaroo court, and we read about it,” Milian said. “We thought we’d come out here and give them a few pointers.”
That’s cool and all, but I have a feeling that there are some matters over which the kangaroo court presides that aren’t fit for family viewing. Without going into too much detail, these guys spend a lot of time in a locker room, so you have to assume that not all fines are the result of failing to hustle down the line. This was interesting, though:
[Milian] sent pictures to her husband, Judge John Schlesinger, who was presiding over a case in Miami as she was e-mailing him evidence of her exploits.
“I sent him a text asking him a question about the kids, and he texted back, ‘I’m on the bench,’ like, ‘Don’t bother me’ ” Milian said. “So I texted back, ‘So am I,’ and I sent him pictures.”
I once saw a judge threaten to hold a lawyer in contempt because his cell phone rang in court, and this guy is sending and receiving texts while on the bench. Only in Florida.