Judge Faith – Dog Bite Showdown; Swoop and Squat? (Season 1: Episode #123)

Judge Faith – Dog Bite Showdown; Swoop and Squat? (Season 1: Episode #123)


ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON “JUDGE FAITH,” A PACK OF DOGS TERRORIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD.>>ACTUALLY, THE BIG DOG DID NOT CHASE AFTER HIM FIRST. IT WAS THE LITTLE ONES. JUDGE: YOU DIDN’T HAVE A CHANCE, SIR.>>NO, I DIDN’T. [GALLERY LAUGHS]>>MY DOG ACTUALLY IS– IS TIED UP ALL THE TIME.>>BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE QUARANTINED. IT WAS IN MY YARD.>>THAT IS A LIE. JUDGE: SO YOUR DOGS ARE RUNNING AROUND LIKE A PACK OF WOLVES. ANNOUNCER: AND LATER, THE DEFENDANT CLAIMS HE HAD CAR INSURANCE, BUT JUDGE FAITH KNOWS THE TRUTH.>>HE JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND FAILS TO STOP. JUDGE: YOU HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY?>>YEAH, I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. JUDGE: OK. DID YOU HAVE INSURANCE ON YOUR CAR, SIR?>>YES. JUDGE: ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?>>IT MIGHT HAVE HAD A LAPSE. [GALLERY LAUGHS] JUDGE: IT MIGHT HAVE HAD OR IT DID? ANNOUNCER: FAITH JENKINS. HER DISTINGUISHED LEGAL CAREER BEGAN WHEN SHE GRADUATED FIRST IN HER LAW SCHOOL CLASS. SHE QUICKLY BECAME A TOUGH NEW YORK CITY PROSECUTOR AND THEN A PREEMINENT LEGAL ANALYST ON CABLE NEWS, AND NOW SHE’S THE JUDGE IN HER OWN COURTROOM. HER CASES ARE REAL AND HER RULINGS ARE FINAL. SHE IS JUDGE FAITH. PLAINTIFF RICK HERNANDEZ CLAIMS THE DEFENDANT’S DOG ATTACKED HIM WHILE HE WAS IN HIS BACKYARD. HE IS SUING FOR $5,045–THE COST OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, LOST WAGES, AND PAIN AND SUFFERING. DEFENDANT VICKY BARAJAS SAYS THE PLAINTIFF OVERREACTED AND INCURRED CHARGES DUE TO HIS OWN BEHAVIOR. SHE SAYS HER DOG WOULD NEVER ATTACK ANOTHER PERSON UNLESS PROVOKED. BARBARA: REMAIN SEATED AND COME TO ORDER. COURT IS NOW IN SESSION, THE HONORABLE JUDGE FAITH JENKINS PRESIDING. YOUR HONOR, THIS CASE IS HERNANDEZ VS. BARAJAS. JUDGE: THANK YOU, BARBARA. BARBARA: MM-HMM. JUDGE: RICK HERNANDEZ? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: YOU ARE SUING THE DEFENDANT, VICKY BARAJAS… BARAJAS: YES. JUDGE: FOR $5,045. YOU SAY HER DOG BIT YOU, AND YOU HAVE OUT-OF-POCKET MEDICAL EXPENSES, LOST WAGES, AND YOU’RE ALSO SUING FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING? HERNANDEZ: THAT IS CORRECT. JUDGE: OK. WE’LL START WITH YOU, SIR. WHY DON’T YOU TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED? GIVE ME SOME BACKGROUND. HERNANDEZ: WELL, I LIVED NEXT TO, UH, MS. BARAJAS FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. JUDGE: YOU LIVE NEXT TO HER? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: OK. HERNANDEZ: AND, UH, ON, UM, THE DAY OF JUNE 1, 2014, UM– JUDGE: HOW LONG–YOU SAY YOU LIVED NEXT TO HER FOR TWO YEARS? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: OK, AND HOW MANY DOGS DO YOU HAVE, MA’AM? BARAJAS: I HAVE 4. JUDGE: AND AT THE TIME OF THIS INCIDENT, HOW MANY DID YOU HAVE? BARAJAS: 4. JUDGE: 4. OK. GO AHEAD. HERNANDEZ: I WAS GOING THROUGH MY BACKYARD AND, UH, ABOUT 10 FEET FROM THE DOOR TO MY SHED, AND I HEARD A LOUD BARKING NOISE. AND I TURNED AROUND AND A GERMAN SHEPHERD WAS RUNNING MY DIRECTION, AND IT ATTACKED ME AND IT BIT ME ON MY RIGHT LEG, BEHIND MY KNEE. JUDGE: [SIGHS] WERE YOU INJURED? HERNANDEZ: YES, I WAS. JUDGE: HAD YOU SEEN THESE DOGS BEFORE? HERNANDEZ: UH, YES, I HAVE. JUDGE: DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS DOG BELONGED TO THE DEFENDANT? HERNANDEZ: YES, I DID. I HAVE PICTURES OF IT AS WELL, SO– JUDGE: HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT? HERNANDEZ: UH, THE DOG–IT’S– IT’S BEEN A REOCCURRING PROBLEM. JUDGE: MM-HMM. HERNANDEZ: THIS IS, UM, NOT THE FIRST TIME IT’S TRIED TO– JUDGE: IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME? HERNANDEZ: NO, IT’S NOT. JUDGE: OK. TELL ME ABOUT THE PRIOR INCIDENTS. HERNANDEZ: PRIOR INCIDENTS? UM, YOU KNOW, I’D BE GOING TO MY BACKYARD AND THE DOG WOULD COME RUNNING AT ME, LUNGING AT ME. I’D GO OUT TO MY BACKYARD, I’D TRY TO TAKE THE TRASH, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, I’D HAVE TO COME BACK INSIDE MY HOUSE, RUNNING WITH TERROR AND FEAR. JUDGE: THERE’S NO FENCE IN HER YARD? HERNANDEZ: THERE IS NOT, MA’AM. JUDGE: WHAT’S GOING ON, MA’AM? BARAJAS: OK, THIS, UM–MY DOG ACTUALLY IS ON–IS TIED UP ALL THE TIME. JUDGE: EXCEPT THIS TIME? BARAJAS: EXCEPT–THE ONLY TIME THAT WE LET OUR DOG LOOSE IS TO DO HIS BUSINESS. THAT DAY, I LET HIM OUT. USUALLY MY HUSBAND DOES ‘CAUSE HE DOES HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE– JUDGE: DO YOU HAVE A FENCED-IN YARD? BARAJAS: NOT–WE DO NOW. JUDGE: NOT AT THE TIME OF THIS INCIDENT? BARAJAS: AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, WE DIDN’T. JUDGE: HOW DID YOUR DOG GET IN HIS YARD? BARAJAS: HE–I LET HIM LOOSE THAT DAY ‘CAUSE I WAS GONNA ALLOW HIM TO DO HIS BUSINESS– JUDGE: AND WHERE WERE YOU? BARAJAS. I WAS THERE. HE’S NEVER UNSUPERVISED. HE IS ALWAYS TIED, BUT WHEN WE LET HIM LOOSE, HE IS SUPERVISED ALL THE TIME. HE DOES NOT RUN LOOSE BY HIMSELF. THE OTHER 3 LITTLE DOGS ARE THE FIRST ONES TO– JUDGE: NO, NO, NO. I’M GOING BACK TO THE DATE OF THIS INCIDENT. HOW DID YOUR DOG GET IN HIS YARD? BARAJAS: BY RUNNING OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE. JUDGE: OK. THAT’S A PROBLEM. BARAJAS: THAT IS. JUDGE: THAT’S A PROBLEM. AND IT’S APPARENTLY NOT THE FIRST TIME IT’S HAPPENED. BARAJAS: IT’S PROBABLY HAPPENED–HE SAYS FREQUENTLY. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT. JUDGE: YOU DON’T KNOW? BARAJAS: I KNOW THAT. I KNOW HE DOESN’T. THE TIME THAT HE’S– THE INCIDENT THAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT, WHEN HE’S COME OUT OF HIS BACK, UH, DOOR TO THROW OUT THE TRASH, HE–MY DOG–YES, HE DID RUN TOWARDS HIM. HE RAISED HIS ARMS UP TO HIT HIM. I SAID, “DON’T DO THAT, RICK. TALK TO HIM. HE WILL LISTEN.” [GALLERY LAUGHS] HERNANDEZ: IF HE WOULD HAVE LISTENED, HE WOULDN’T HAVE ATTACKED ME. JUDGE: YOU WITNESSED THIS ENTIRE THING? BARAJAS: YES, I DID. JUDGE: AND SO YOU SEE YOUR DOG RUNNING AFTER HIM? BARAJAS: I CALL OUT TO HIM… AND RICK–INSTEAD OF CALLING OUT TO HIM, “BUDDY, STOP,” HE RAISED HIS ARMS OUT LIKE HE WAS HITTING–GOING TO HIT HIM. HERNANDEZ: SHE CONSTANTLY TELLS ME NOT TO SHOW FEAR AND TRY TO PET THE DOG, BUT WHEN A DOG’S COMING AT ME IN AN AGGRESSIVE FASHION, BARKING AT ME, SHOWING HIS TEETH AND FANGS, I’M NOT GONNA TRY TO PET A DOG LIKE THAT. [GALLERY LAUGHS] JUDGE: HA HA HA! [APPLAUSE] HERNANDEZ: COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU THAT’S NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. JUDGE: HOW MANY DOGS WERE RUNNING AFTER YOU THAT DAY, SIR? HERNANDEZ: UH, HER DOG, THE BIG DOG, BUDDY, WHICH I HAVE PICTURES OF– JUDGE: SO THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE DOG? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: RUNNING LOOSE? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: AND BUDDY’S THE ONE THAT BIT YOU? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. I– JUDGE: SO YOUR DOGS ARE RUNNING AROUND LIKE A PACK OF WOLVES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. BARAJAS: NO, NOT A PACK OF WOLVES, NO. THEY’RE–THESE LITTLE DOGS ARE LITTLE. THE ONLY BIG ONE– JUDGE: I MEAN, YOU SEEM TO BE, LIKE, COMPLETELY–I MEAN, THIS IS–THIS IS… I MEAN, AND YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOT MAKING ANY SENSE? [SCATTERED CHUCKLING] L-LET ME SEE WHAT BUDDY LOOKS LIKE. [GALLERY MURMURS AND WHISTLES] ARE THOSE THE OTHER DOGS TERRORIZING THE NEIGHBORHOOD? BARAJAS: YES. [GALLERY LAUGHS] JUDGE: A-AND YOU WANT–YOU WANT HIM TO TALK TO THE DOG AND CALL THE DOG BY NAME? A DOG THAT’S CHARGING HIM? THAT’S YOUR SOLUTION? BARAJAS: HE WILL LISTEN. JUDGE: “BUDDY, STOP”? [GALLERY LAUGHS] BARAJAS: HE WILL LISTEN. HE DOES LISTEN. JUDGE: YOU WANT HIM TO BE THE DOG WHISPERER. ANNOUNCER: COMING UP, NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY WITH THE NEIGHBOR’S DOGS. JUDGE: YOU DON’T HAVE A FENCE, THESE DOGS ARE RUNNING LOOSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. BARAJAS: WE HAVE A FENCE NOW. JUDGE: WHEN THIS HAPPENED, YOU HAD NO FENCE, MA’AM! NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY WITH YOUR DOGS! ANNOUNCER: AND LATER, WAS THE CAR ACCIDENT A SCAM? JUDGE: WHY DO YOU THINK THIS WAS A SETUP?>>OUT HERE IN CALIFORNIA, IT’S A– JUDGE: SWOOP AND SQUAT? SO YOU THINK THE OTHER TWO CARS THAT STOPPED FOR YOU WERE A PART OF HER CREW?>>CORRECT. ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF RICK HERNANDEZ WAS ATTACKED BY HIS NEIGHBOR’S DOG. HE’S SUING FOR THE COST OF MEDICAL EXPENSES, LOST WAGES, AND PAIN AND SUFFERING. DEFENDANT VICKY BARAJAS SAYS HER DOG WOULD NEVER ATTACK ANOTHER PERSON UNLESS PROVOKED, SO SHE DOESN’T OWE. JUDGE: WHAT HAPPENED, SIR? SO YOU WERE BIT. DID YOU CALL THE POLICE? WHAT DID YOU DO? HERNANDEZ: I CALLED ANIMAL CONTROL AND, UH, THEY CAME OUT TO MY HOUSE, THEY TOOK A REPORT, AND, UH, AFTER THEY LEFT, UH, THEY TOLD ME THAT WHATEVER I NEED TO DO AS FAR AS SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION, THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE A GOOD THING TO DO. JUDGE: AND WHAT DID YOU DO? HERNANDEZ: UH, I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. THEY CLEANED THE WOUND OUT, MADE SURE EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. UM, GAVE ME PAIN MEDICATION AS WELL AS ANTIBIOTICS, SO– JUDGE: YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF YOUR INJURIES? HERNANDEZ: UH, YES, I DO, MA’AM. JUDGE: MAY I SEE THEM, PLEASE? HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: I MEAN, MA’AM, YOUR NEIGHBOR– BARAJAS: I OFFERED TO TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL THAT DAY. HERNANDEZ: I OBJECT! YOU DIDN’T EVEN TELL ME YOU WERE SORRY! BARAJAS: YES, I DID. HERNANDEZ: OR LET ALONE GIVE ME A RIDE. BARAJAS: YES, I DID. I DID OFFER TO TAKE HIM. HE WALKED AWAY FROM ME. JUDGE: BUT WHY DO–WHY IS– WHY IS IT YOU OFFERING HIM TO TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL SUPPOSED TO BE OF SOME COMFORT? HOW ‘BOUT YOUR DOG DON’T BITE HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE? [GALLERY MURMURS AND APPLAUDS] BARAJAS: THAT’S RIGHT. JUDGE: OOH. BARAJAS: I TRIED TO DO MY PART. WE SET UP A FENCE. JUDGE: THOSE ARE TWO TEETH MARKS. HERNANDEZ: YES, MA’AM. THAT’S WHAT A NICE DOGGIE, WHAT HE DOES. HEH! JUDGE: OUTRAGEOUS. OUTRAGEOUS, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU KNOW WHAT BOTHERS ME? YOU LET THESE DOGS RUN LOOSE AND YOU THINK IT’S OK. BARAJAS: NO, I DON’T THINK IT’S OK. JUDGE: A–A–OH, YOU ABSOLUTELY DO BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR TO ME– YOU DON’T HAVE A FENCE, THESE DOGS ARE RUNNING LOOSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. BARAJAS: WE HAVE A FENCE NOW. JUDGE: WHEN THIS HAPPENED, YOU HAD NO FENCE, MA’AM! NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO PLAY WITH YOUR DOGS! BARAJAS: I UNDERSTAND THAT. JUDGE: THE PLAINTIFF SAID THAT HE HAD TO MISS TIME FROM WORK, GO TO THE DOCTOR, GET VACCINATIONS, WHICH HE HAS PROVIDED PROOF OF, AND YOU SAY THAT YOU DON’T OWE FOR ANY OF THESE THINGS. WHAT IS YOUR REASON? BARAJAS: THE REASON IS I ASKED HIM TO TAKE HIM TO THE DOCTOR THAT DAY. HE TURNED AWAY FROM ME AND WALKED AWAY. HE NEVER TRIED TO NOTIFY ME OR LET ME KNOW THAT HE HAD A PROBLEM. JUDGE: OK, I’M SORRY. YOU KNEW HE–YOU KNEW THAT YOUR DOG BIT HIM, RIGHT? BARAJAS: YES. JUDGE: SO BECAUSE HE DIDN’T TAKE YOU UP ON A RIDE TO THE HOSPITAL, YOU DON’T OWE? I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I’M– I’M CLEAR ON WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. BARAJAS: I DIDN’T SAY I DIDN’T OWE. JUDGE: THIS IS WHAT YOU WROTE IN YOUR ANSWER. “I DON’T OWE BECAUSE I OFFERED TO TAKE RICK TO A CLINIC IMMEDIATELY AFTER MY DOG SCRATCHED HIM. RICK REFUSED TO GO AND THEN HE HAS THE NERVE TO ASK ME FOR THE MONEY FOR HIS MEDICAL BILLS, LOST WAGES, AND PAIN AND SUFFERING. ABSOLUTELY NOT.” I MEAN, IF YOU’RE GONNA BE A DOG OWNER, YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, YOU LOOK LIKE A REALLY BAD DOG OWNER IN MY EYES. [APPLAUSE] THE LAW IS VERY CLEAR IN YOUR STATE. YOU–IN YOUR CITY, IN YOUR TOWN, IN THIS AREA, YOU EITHER HAVE TO HAVE THOSE DOGS ENCLOSED UP IN A FENCE OR THEY HAVE TO BE ON A LEASH. THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. THIS IS THE JUDGMENT: $1,853 FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES, $500 FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING. THAT’S A TOTAL JUDGMENT OF $2,353. VERDICT FOR THE PLAINTIFF. [APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF BRENDA PEREZ SAYS THE DEFENDANT SIDESWIPED HER CAR, AND BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE INSURANCE, DODGED HER CALLS. SHE’S SUING FOR $3,807, THE COST OF AUTO REPAIRS. DEFENDANT HOWARD FRANKLIN SAYS HE FEELS LIKE HE GOT SET UP FOR A SWOOP AND SQUAT TO GET SOME FAST CASH, SO HE DOESN’T OWE. JUDGE: BRENDA PEREZ? PEREZ: YES. JUDGE: YOU ARE SUING THE DEFENDANT, HOWARD FRANKLIN… PEREZ: YES, JUDGE. JUDGE: FOR $3,807–AUTO REPAIRS AS A RESULT OF A CAR ACCIDENT THE TWO OF YOU HAD? PEREZ: YES. JUDGE: OK, I’LL START WITH YOU, MA’AM. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. PEREZ: OK, SO I WAS TRAVELING EAST ON, UM, REDONDO BEACH BOULEVARD, AND I WAS JUST COMING OUT OF WORK. IT WAS AROUND, UM, 4:15, NO LATER THAN 4:30 P.M. JUDGE: WHERE WAS THIS LOCATED? PEREZ: UH, IN THE CITY OF GARDENA. JUDGE: OK. PEREZ: OK, SO I WAS GOING STRAIGHT AND, UM, THERE’S TWO LANES BLOCKED OFF. THEY HAVE TRAFFIC, MINE DOESN’T. THERE’S NO RED LIGHT, UM, NO STOP SIGN, NOTHING LIKE THAT. AND I JUST SEE THE– JUDGE: SO YOU WERE JUST DRIVING DOWN… PEREZ: YEAH, THE STREET. JUDGE: A–A STREET. PEREZ: MM-HMM, DRIVING DOWN THE STREET. JUDGE: NO– PEREZ: NO CARS. JUDGE: YOU HAD THE RIGHT OF WAY? PEREZ: YEAH, I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. JUDGE: OK. PEREZ: AND HE JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND JUST–I SEE HIS– THE TIP OF HIS CAR, AND I START HONKING AND I PRESS THE BRAKE. AND HE DIDN’T HEAR ME, HE FAILED TO STOP BECAUSE HE WAS GOING PRETTY FAST, ‘CAUSE THE IMPACT WAS REALLY, REALLY, LIKE– JUDGE: WAS HE TURNING INTO THE TRAFFIC OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? PEREZ: YEAH, HE WAS TURNING INTO TRAFFIC. JUDGE: OK, YOU WANT TO STEP OVER TO THE FLATSCREEN AND SHOW ME… PEREZ: SURE. JUDGE: WHERE THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED? OK, WHERE’S YOUR CAR? POINT TO WHERE YOU WERE AND WHERE YOU WERE TRAVELING. PEREZ: SO HERE I AM, AND I’M JUST GOING STRAIGHT. THESE TWO LANES WERE BLOCKED OFF. JUDGE: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “BLOCKED OFF”? PEREZ: THERE WAS CARS, LIKE, BLOCKED OFF. IT’S BUSY. IT’S A BUSY STREET. JUDGE: MM-HMM. PEREZ: SO THESE–THERE ARE JUST CARS ALL ALONG THIS STREET, AND THIS LANE IS JUST ALONE. THERE’S NO CARS THERE. I’M JUST GOING STRAIGHT, MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS. JUDGE: GOT IT. OK, AND WHERE DOES HIS CAR COME FROM? PEREZ: HIS CAR COMES FROM OUT HERE. SO I’M GOING STRAIGHT. I DON’T HAVE TO STOP. THERE’S NO STOP SIGN. THERE’S NO STOP SIGN HERE. THE LIGHT’S UP THERE. JUDGE: MM-HMM. OK. OK. THANK YOU. SIR, WHAT DO YOU SAY HAPPENED? FRANKLIN: OK, I SAY IT’S–IT’S DIFFERENT. IT WAS, UH, 3 LANES. JUDGE: RIGHT. FRANKLIN: AND THESE TWO–AND THAT OBSTRUCTED MY VIEW. THESE CARS HAD STOPPED FOR ME TO MAKE MY TURN. JUDGE: OK, SO LET ME JUST MAKE SURE. YOU’RE TRAVELING IN THIS DIRECTION… FRANKLIN: THAT’S CORRECT. JUDGE: AND YOU WERE GOING TO TURN IN THIS DIRECTION? FRANKLIN: THAT IS CORRECT. JUDGE: OK, AND YOU SAID THE TWO CARS– FRANKLIN: TWO CARS HAD ALREADY STOPPED FOR ME. JUDGE: THEY STOPPED FOR YOU, AND SHE’S TRAVELING– FRANKLIN: TO MAKE MY TURN. SOMETHING CALLED A SQUAT AND SCOOP. JUDGE: SWOOP AND SQUAT? IS THAT WHAT IT IS? FRANKLIN: A SQUAT, YEAH. THAT’S WHAT IT’S CALLED. JUDGE: OK, AND THAT’S WHEN– YOU–LIKE, A GROUP OF PEOPLE GET TOGETHER– FRANKLIN: GATHER AND–AND, YOU KNOW, PLOT ON OTHER PEOPLE IN ORDER TO COLLECT FUNDS, MONIES FROM THE OTHER PERSON. JUDGE: SO YOU THINK THE OTHER TWO CARS THAT STOPPED FOR YOU WERE A PART OF HER CREW… FRANKLIN: CORRECT. JUDGE: AND THAT SHE WAS DRIVING–SHE CONTINUED TO DRIVE STRAIGHT, AND IT WAS ALL A PART OF A PLAN? FRANKLIN: CORRECT. JUDGE: WHEN–WHERE’D YOU GET THAT INFORMATION? FRANKLIN: THAT–THAT’S JUST NORMAL KNOWLEDGE FROM THE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THAT LIVES HERE. JUDGE: OK, BUT WHY DO YOU THINK SHE WAS INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THAT? FRANKLIN: SHE WAS IN A MUCH LARGER VEHICLE. SHE WAS IN A SUV. SHE HAD 4 PASSENGERS. PEREZ: I HAD– FRANKLIN: USUALLY, THEY HAVE A GROUP OF PASSENGERS. JUDGE: FOR WITNESSES? IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING? SO THEY CAN HAVE WITNESSES? FRANKLIN: WITNESSES AND OTHER PARDISSIDENTS FOR–TO PREDICT THE INJURIES. JUDGE: SO–SO EVERYONE CAN COLLECT ON THE INSURANCE AND THEY ALL SPLIT IT? FRANKLIN: THE FUNDS AND FOR FRAUD, YES. JUDGE: OK. AND SO WHY DO YOU THINK THIS WAS A SETUP? FRANKLIN: BECAUSE I WAS, LIKE, A SENIOR CITIZEN, I HAVE A JOB, I–YOU KNOW, AND I HAVE AN INCOME. JUDGE: SO YOU THINK THEY– FRANKLIN: THE CAR WAS A REASONABLY NEW CAR. JUDGE: MM-HMM. AND HOW WOULD– HOW WOULD THEY KNOW THAT? FRANKLIN: I DON’T KNOW HOW THEY KNOW THAT. [GALLERY LAUGHS] JUDGE: OK. DID YOU HAVE INSURANCE ON YOUR CAR, SIR? FRANKLIN: YES. JUDGE: ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? [SCATTERED LAUGHTER] FRANKLIN: OK. WE HAD–I HAD TO– [LOUD LAUGHTER] I HAD MAYBE, UH, A LAPSE IN THE INSURANCE BECAUSE I PAID BY CHECK. MY–THE–THE–THE INSURANCE PAYMENT WAS TAKEN OUT OF MY CHECKING ACCOUNT, AND AT THAT TIME, THE FUNDS WEREN’T THERE, SO IT MIGHT HAVE HAD A LAPSE. [SCATTERED CHUCKLING] JUDGE: IT MIGHT HAVE HAD OR IT DID? FRANKLIN: IT DID. ANNOUNCER: COMING UP ON “JUDGE FAITH,” THE DEFENDANT GETS PHYSICAL. PEREZ: AND THIS GUY JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND JUST STARTS BUMPING UP AGAINST HIM, TRYING TO GET THE LICENSE PLATE BACK. MY BOYFRIEND WASN’T TRYING TO TAKE IT FROM HIM OR ANYTHING, YOU KNOW. HE WAS JUST TRYING TO TAKE A PICTURE. JUDGE: YOU GOT PHYSICALLY AGGRESSIVE, SIR? ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF BRENDA PEREZ SAYS THE DEFENDANT HIT HER CAR AND IS NOW DODGING HER CALLS AND WILL NOT PAY. SHE’S SUING FOR $3,807, THE COST OF AUTO REPAIRS. DEFENDANT HOWARD FRANKLIN SAYS THIS WAS A CLASSIC SCAM USING STOPPED CARS TO GET SOME FAST CASH FROM A CAR ACCIDENT. JUDGE: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE HIT YOUR CAR? PEREZ: OK, SO WHEN HE HIT MY CAR, HE BACKED OUT AND THEN HE JUMPED OUT OF HIS CAR AND HE CAME SCREAMING AT ME, “HEY, HEY, GIVE ME YOUR INFORMATION, GIVE ME YOUR INFORMATION,” UM, “GET OUT OF THE CAR, GET OUT OF THE CAR!” AND I’M–ACTUALLY, I COULDN’T GET OUT. OBVIOUSLY HE HIT MY DOOR AND IT SLAMMED IT IN, SO IT WAS–IT WASN’T ABLE TO BE OPENED. JUDGE: WERE YOU YELLING AT HER? FRANKLIN: MAYBE. PROBABLY. [LAUGHTER] JUDGE: OK. GO AHEAD, MA’AM. PEREZ: OK, SO MIND THIS–THIS IS MY FIRST CAR ACCIDENT. I’M 18 YEARS OLD. JUDGE: HMM. PEREZ: I’M JUST GETTING OUT OF WORK AND I’M JUST LIKE, “WHOA,” LIKE, IT WAS JUST CRAZY. IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST AND HE’S SCREAMING AT ME, SO, OBVIOUSLY, LIKE, HE–LIKE, I REALLY GOT, LIKE, REALLY TERRIFIED. I WAS LIKE, “WHAT THE HECK, WHY IS HE SCREAMING AT ME?” YOU KNOW, LIKE–SO I DECIDED TO CALL THE COPS. RIGHT BEFORE I CALLED THE POLICE, THE REASON I DID CALL THE POLICE WAS BECAUSE, UH, HE WAS BEING AGGRESSIVE WITH MY BOYFRIEND. JUDGE: MM-HMM. PEREZ: MY BOYFRIEND HOPPED OUT OF THE CAR TO GET HIS LICENSE PLATE THAT HAD FELL OFF THE CAR. WE THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA LEAVE BECAUSE HE JUST BACKED OUT AND JUST WENT INTO THE OTHER STREET. I DIDN’T THINK HE WAS GOING TO GO INTO THE PARKING LOT. SO HE GRABBED THE–HIS LICENSE PLATE AND HE’S TRYING TO TAKE A PICTURE OF IT. AND THIS GUY JUST COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND JUST STARTS BUMPING UP AGAINST HIM, TRYING TO GET THE LICENSE PLATE BACK. MY BOYFRIEND WASN’T TRYING TO TAKE IT FROM HIM OR ANYTHING, YOU KNOW. HE WAS JUST TRYING TO TAKE A PICTURE. WE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO LEAVE. JUDGE: YOU GOT PHYSICALLY AGGRESSIVE, SIR? FRANKLIN: THAT WAS MY PROPERTY. HE HAD MY LICENSE PLATE. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO WITH IT. HE WAS A BIGGER GUY. I DIDN’T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO STRIKE ME WITH IT OR ANYTHING, SO I– JUDGE: DID YOU SEE HE WAS TRYING TO TAKE A PHOTO OF IT? FRANKLIN: NO. I–I…I WAS GOING TO TAKE A PHOTO OF IT MAYBE, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO. [LAUGHTER] I’M NOT SURE. LIKE, I–I’M NOT UNDERSTANDING YOUR QUESTION. JUDGE: OK, I WAS JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY YOU GOT PHYSICAL WITH THE YOUNG MAN WHO WAS THERE. FRANKLIN: BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T RELEASE MY LICENSE PLATE TO ME. JUDGE: OK. FRANKLIN: HE WAS HOLDING BACK, AND I WAS TRYING TO GET IT. JUDGE: OK. FRANKLIN: SO WE WAS IN A STRUGGLE FOR THE LICENSE PLATES, BUT IT BELONGED TO ME, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS MY PROPERTY, SO I WANTED IT. JUDGE: OK. AND SO THE REASON WHY YOU DON’T THINK YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ACCIDENT IS–BY THE WAY, THE OTHER TWO CARS THAT YOU THINK WAS A PART OF THIS SWOOP AND SQUAT? WHERE–WHERE WERE THEY? FRANKLIN: THEY ARE GONE NOW. JUDGE: THEY’RE GONE. OK. AND SO THE REASON WHY YOU DON’T THINK YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ACCIDENT IS BECAUSE YOU THINK THIS WAS A SETUP? FRANKLIN: CORRECT. JUDGE: AND YOU DON’T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT, RIGHT? FRANKLIN: NO. JUDGE: JUST… FRANKLIN: MY– JUDGE: RANK SPECULATION. FRANKLIN: RANDOM SPECULATION, YEAH. JUDGE: OK. THAT’S NOT A SUFFICIENT DEFENSE, SIR. FRANKLIN: I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. JUDGE: BECAUSE SHE HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY. SHE’S TRAVELING ON A– ON A STREET WITH–SHE HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY. FRANKLIN: CORRECT. JUDGE: SHE’S DRIVING DOWN THE STREET. YOU HAVE THE DUTY TO YIELD. YOU’RE MAKING A LEFT-HAND TURN. YOU HAVE THE DUTY TO YIELD. WHAT WERE THE DAMAGES TO YOUR CAR, MA’AM? PEREZ: UH, THE TWO DOORS, UH, WELL, THE DRIVER’S DOOR WAS UNABLE TO OPEN, AS I SAID, BECAUSE I COULDN’T GET OUT. I HAD TO HOP OUT THE OTHER SIDE. UH, THE BACK DOOR WAS, UH, ONLY ABLE TO CRACK A BIT AND WASN’T ABLE TO OPEN ALL THE WAY. AND, UH, I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE HIT MY TIRE, BUT THEY DIDN’T GO FULLY INTO THAT. JUDGE: DID YOU CONTACT THE DEFENDANT AND ASK HIM TO PAY FOR THE DAMAGES? PEREZ: YES, I DID. JUDGE: WHAT HAPPENED? PEREZ: HE NEVER ANSWERED. JUDGE: HE NEVER RESPONDED? PEREZ: NO, HE DIDN’T. JUDGE: HOW DID YOU GET HIS INFORMATION TO FILE A LAWSUIT? PEREZ: UM, WELL, THE–WELL, THE POLICE REPORT? THAT’S WHAT I HAD, AND THEN IT HAD HIS ADDRESS AND STUFF ON THERE, SO I JUST USED THAT. JUDGE: WHY DIDN’T YOU RESPOND WHEN SHE CONTACTED YOU? FRANKLIN: I DIDN’T GET ANY RESPONSE. I DIDN’T GET ANY CALL. ANNOUNCER: AND NOW, JUDGE FAITH RULES. JUDGE: WELL, HERE’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. YOU SUBMITTED AN ESTIMATE SHOWING DAMAGES TO YOUR VEHICLE IN THE AMOUNT OF $3,807? PEREZ: YES, MA’AM. JUDGE: WHICH IS HIGHER THAN THE BLUE BOOK VALUE OF THE CAR. SIR, YOU HAVE NOT PRESENTED ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS YOUNG LADY, 18-YEAR-OLD TEENAGER LEAVING WORK, WAS A PART OF SOME TYPE OF CONSPIRACY… [SCATTERED CHUCKLING] TO…GET YOU TO HIT HER CAR AND CAUSE HER DAMAGE SO–SO SHE COULD COLLECT. IF SHE WERE A PART OF A CONSPIRACY, CLEARLY THEY PICKED THE WRONG PERSON BECAUSE YOU’RE DRIVING AROUND WITH NO INSURANCE. [LAUGHTER] FRANKLIN: CORRECT. JUDGE: RIGHT? [SCATTERED APPLAUSE] FRANKLIN: BUT THEY DIDN’T KNOW THAT. JUDGE: OK, SO, IN ANY EVENT, I’M GOING TO ORDER YOU TO PAY THE PLAINTIFF’S BLUE BOOK VALUE FOR HER VEHICLE, WHICH IS LOWER THAN YOUR ESTIMATE, BUT THAT AMOUNT IS–IN GOOD CONDITION, THE BLUE BOOK VALUE IS $2,520. JUDGMENT FOR THE PLAINTIFF. HAVE A GOOD DAY. PEREZ: THANK YOU. [GALLERY CHEERING AND APPLAUDING] ANNOUNCER: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS A DISPUTE, DON’T TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. LET JUDGE FAITH RULE ON IT FOR YOU. TO SUBMIT YOUR CASE, GO TO JUDGEFAITH.COM AND TELL US YOUR STORY. SEE YOU IN COURT.

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  1. case 1…dog not on lease in neighbor yard is NOT under supervision you dumb stupid woman…sometimes i think the dogs are smarter than their owners

  2. case 2..so often..auto insurance lapsed…plaintiff is a bbw for sure…defendant is not too swift and is stretching for excuses

  3. Requesting Opinion/Fact.

    I was in a laundromat with my dog. He's on a leash. I was sitting on a bench. As I was picking him up to move him out of the isle, I asked people passing by to wait. A lady kept walking. As I started to pick him up the lady kicked him and he bit her at the bottom of her foot. All the officers and fireman said it was an accident, didn't cite me and verified his shots. The Fireman dressed her wound and didn't need stitches. I asked if she had insurance. Not knowing the extent of her injury I offered to pay her copay if she went to her doctor. She didn't speak English. Her family decided to go to the ER. Her daughter texted me the bill but wouldn't tell me about the treatment she got. Her copay was $100 and $295 was charged for ER that wasn't covered by her insurance. Although her mother caused my dog to bite her, she didn't need stitches or the additional treatment, her decision to go to the hospital caused unnecessary charges. She expects me to pay what her insurance doesn't cover. I'm not responsible for him biting her or to pay the balance. I'm still willing to pay for the copay because I said I would. Her daughter refused.

    WHAT WOULD YOU DO.

  4. All the cases with dog bite prove negligence on the owner. I did everything right except my dog doesn't belong in a laundromat. The owner had no problem with him there. They were playing with him. So did a little boy. He didn't try to bite anyone else walking by him. Not even a stranger who pet him while I was holding him in front of the police and animal control.

  5. Pet the angry dog ,wrf dogs can be scary with stupid owners,that woman's an idiot 😑😑😑😑😑

  6. These dogs depending on how you raise might be dangerous so are supposed to have something on their mouth because might bite even a child in French une musoliere

  7. " Don't do that! Talk to the dog he will listen" Really? what is he supposed to tell the dog? That he has a gun on him?

  8. The second case, the plaintiff said she's eighteen years old! She looks like she's in her thirties, what happened to youth?

  9. My aunt lives with us and has one of those small white dogs. He is aggressive and loud and territorial. Anyone that leaves and comes in my apartment, he growls, barks and nips and their ankles. My aunt says he just wants to smell you…just talk to him. I'm sick of people and their dogs…thinking they will not bite or stay away when you tell them to. No matter what, remember that a dog is an animal. They will do their own things no matter how they are trained and raised.

  10. Side issue regarding the dog case: owner said the dog was”tied up all the time”. Please don’t own a dog if you’re going to do that. It’s cruel!

  11. That woman is psycho. Talk to a charging dog? She lets them run loose? She needs to have her dogs taken away and banned from owning any. Little dogs can bite and can hurt you, in fact, the little dog bites are more likely to become septic and blood poisoning is a very real possiblity.

  12. What a horrible life for a dog! Tied all the time unless he's is going to poop. 🙁
    She should have built that fence as soon as she knew she was going to have dogs.

    #TakeCareBeWellDoGood

  13. ETA: Nevermind. I revoke my assertion of a resemblance.

    Maybe the defendant in the second case was distracted by his crossword puzzle. #ISeeYouStanleyFromTheOffice 👀
    😂

    #TakeCareBeWellDoGood

  14. This woman is a damn fool. Her dogs are tied up outside she says…..she LETS THEM LOOSE to go to the bathroom…she doesn't have a fence, she doesn't put them on a leash to keep control of them….and then when they attack her neighbor, she says she doesn't feel like she's at fault because "he didn't talk to the dog and he refused to let her take him to the hospital". If her dog bit me, I wouldn't want her to take me to the hospital either. She says she has a fence….now…..so why wasn't that fence in place when her dogs were running wild in the neighborhood attacking people?

  15. It is not his job to tame her dog. She thinks her dogs can roam the neighborhood and everybody else should have to figure out how to live with her choices. She's a complete idiot.

  16. The dog owner has her mommy glasses on like a putz.

    I love dogs and I'm not about to assume a dog charging at me just wants a belly rub.

  17. This bitch needs to not own dogs! She’s the dumbest person I have ever seen and heard! She should have charges against her

  18. Is she freaking crazy!? She wanted the man to stay calm with a German Shepherd and say buddy stop!? Ive had German Shepherd and her dog is poorly trained. Not only that but shes a poor pack leader bc everytime i firmly said no my dogs backed down. This bitch is psycho!

  19. Anybody neglectful of the actions of their dogs, especially when they hurt someone, are at fault and shouldn't even own a dog.
    Sad thing is, dogs are blamed for the stupidity and ignorance of their owners, who only wants them to hurt other people and/or abuse them. My Mom had to put her Min Pin of 7 years down a couple weeks ago because he had internal bleeding from a tumor, that the doctors couldn't remove. She got his ashes back a couple days ago and gave me a bit in a small jar. We loved that dog like family.
    And seeing sad animal videos gets both me and Mom, a lot!

  20. That’s why you should inch up slowly because there could be another car in the other lane that can’t see you and doesn’t know why the other cars are stopped. She had the right of way he needed to wait for a clear moment to turn in front of two lanes of traffic

  21. Women like this give dog owners a bad name.
    Firstly she insists her dog listens so why the fuck didnt SHE say 'Buddy stop'
    Secondly why the fuck is her dod tied up 24 hours a day? When does he get exercise? She said they only are let out to go to the toilet but dogs NEED walks and games in order to stay mentally healthy. How would you be if you were tied up 24 hours a day?

  22. Dogs do not belong in public places! I love dogs but they have more rights than humans, i seen this old cougar walking her 4 dogs on a sidewalk, total disrespect for other citizens, keep your damn dogs in your yard not on public property!

  23. Bit me on my right leg behind my knee. Were you injured?!🤔 Seriously judge?!🙄 You were BIT?!🤔 IT'S BITTEN, JUDGE! The defendant is a bloody uneducated, ignorant fool!🤮🤬🐩

  24. I will never understand people who tie their dogs up 24/7. What’s the point of having a dog if you never allow it to do dog things? If your dog is aggressive, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to ensure your dog doesn’t hurt anyone else without making the dog unhappy either.

  25. The woman in the first case is an ignorant fool, she shouldn't be allowed to own dogs🤦🏻‍♀️

    The defendant in the second case is an idiot, my nan used to say, you know your own tricks best, he's probably done this trick himself and assumes everyone else is scammers just like him

  26. My neighbors pit bull, while charging my 5 year old daughter playing in my yard, responded perfectly to about 5 – 9mm rounds.  I never considered trying to talk to the dog.  I love dogs, but some people simply should not own dogs.

  27. Nobody wants to pet your dog and he you aren’t entitled to tell somebody they have to reach out and tell your dog to stop. Smh. If it were a child and the dog almost killed the child she’d be in prison. Should’ve had a fence from the beginning.

  28. if i was the bitten by the dog, i would call animal control and have all the dogs removed, if you want a pet, especially a dog, you do the responsiable thing and put up a fence, before you get the dog, and no matter what size its the owner who should have put up the fence not to prevent but to protect, dogs dont know boundries or friendly to all people, thats like saying i was swimming in the ocean and got bit by a shark , then stay out of water or swim in a pool, these dogs arent to fault but taken them to a better living place would be better then this dumb bitch owning them

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