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Frank Caprio- 80 years old judge becomes Internet Sensation

Frank Caprio
Frank Caprio

In our country we hear news of court daily now a days because of the on going political disturbance. Judges aren’t usually beloved and courts are considered as very dull, but one American judge, Frank Caprio is winning hearts and clicks with a mix of compassion, humor and a rotating cast of poor souls ticketed in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio is perhaps an unlikely viral video sensation, but footage showing his kindhearted compassion has drawn hundreds of million of views on Facebook alone.

“I think I should take into consideration whether somebody is sick and whether their mother died and whether they have kids who are starving,” said Judge Caprio, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t wear a badge under my robe. I wear a heart under my robe.”

It all started when the judge’s brother Joe Caprio began filming the courtroom proceedings a few years ago, calling the show “Caught in Providence.” Since last year, shorter clips have appeared on Facebook, where fans and commenters have praised the judge’s tenderhearted approach.The 80-year-old judge invites children to join him on the bench to help pass judgment on their parents and makes high school kids promise to attend college in return for dropping tickets. He works out payment plans for people who are struggling. Occasionally he loses patience, especially when he thinks a person is trying to deceive him with flattery. He even gets laughs when he turns down pleas for a break. Have a look at his court!!!

The judge thinks he’s gone viral because people have lost faith in government and are accustomed to institutions coming down hard without regard for personal circumstances. One of the most popular videos features a woman who had racked up tickets and fines of $400. She broke down as she described trying to pick up the pieces after her son was stabbed to death the year before.

“I’m just really having a tough time, your honor,” she said to Caprio through tears, as the judge listened attentively.

“I don’t think anyone in their lifetime would ever want to experience that,” he told her, as he dismissed the tickets.

“It’s the worst feeling in the world. I feel so empty and lost,” she replied.

The case has been viewed nearly 170 million times on Facebook and given subtitles in nine language. He dismissed the tickets with very tender remarks. Have a look at the proceedings!!!

People from around the world weigh in on the videos about the judge’s tenderhearted approach and the American court system, something Caprio mentions with pride.

“I may be adding just a little bit more understanding toward the United States system of government and how it works, that we are a decent peace-loving people, and not how we’re being portrayed in other parts of the world,” he said.

Caprio Family Background

He learned his compassion from his father, an immigrant from Italy and fruit peddler-turned-milkman, who would pay milk bills for customers who fell behind, even though his own family lived in a cold-water flat with few resources of their own.

Caprio taught high school history to support himself as he attended law school at Boston’s Suffolk University at night. After building a law practice, he became a part-time judge on the municipal court in 1985, hearing mostly non-criminal matters.

“I may be adding just a little bit more understanding towards the United States system of government and how it works,” said Judge Caprio, “that we are a decent peace-loving people, and not how we’re being portrayed in other parts of the world.”

Singer Paula Abdul is considered a member of the family after she started dating his son, John, six years ago. Another son, Frank T. Caprio, was the Democratic nominee for Rhode Island governor in 2010.

Back in the courtroom, Caprio said he’s not trying to change the world, but he’s trying to do his part.

“In the final analysis, I’m only doing what my father taught me to do,” Caprio said. “I’m following his advice, and it resonated in the world.”

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