Ardmore native and retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell will be dishing out justice on the new Fox courtroom show “You the Jury,” which premiers today, writes Sam Whiting for San Francisco Chronicle.
Cordell, who was the first black woman judge on any court in Northern California, was not too eager to delve into television courtroom waters.
However, her partner of over 30 years, Florence Keller, made her reconsider. She responded to a solicitation email and was soon named the winner of the national talent search for the show’s presiding judge.
The show will present actual civil trials to viewers across the country. They will serve as the jurors and at the end of each episode can text their decision on the verdict. The decisions made during the episode are legally binding.
“It’s not a show about me. It’s not a judge show. It’s a show about decision-making and being a juror,” said Cordell.
While the episodes are already taped, the verdict is unknown, so two endings have been recorded for each one, and the one that will air will correspond to the decision made by viewers.
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