Justice Patricia DiMango – Episode 208

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All Rise! Justice Patricia DiMango from Hot Bench holds court with Matt Bailey

Justice Patricia DiMango was first appointed to serve as a judge in the criminal courts for the city of New York by Mayor Rudy Giuliani. She was the first Italian-American woman ever appointed to that position. She was later elected to the New York State Supreme Court in the 2nd and 11th Judicial Districts, and again was the first Italian-American woman elected to that position. Soon after, she was elevated to First Deputy Administrative Judge for criminal matters, 2nd Judicial District.

She retired as the Justice of the Supreme Court of Kings County New York, and has gone on to become one of three stars of Hot Bench…created by the one and only Judge Judy Sheindlin.

Those of you that know me know I love anything to do with criminal justice, and I must admit I devour court shows like you wouldn’t believe.

Hot Bench is absolutely one of my favorites. It is entertaining, yet informative. All three judges–DiMango, Tanya Acker, and Michael Corriero–discuss cases in a way that both legal eagles and regular fans can enjoy.

Hot Bench was recently nominated for this year’s Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding Legal or Courtroom Program. It is the show’s third nomination. If Hot Bench takes the trophy, it would be the show’s first win.

Justice DiMango and I chatted about how she found her passion for the law–it’s through psychology, of all things. Plus, she gives us her take on the recent sentencing of “Aunt Becky”–Lori Loughlin. You’ll hear what Justice DiMango has to say about whether or not Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will serve their respective sentences, amidst the pandemic.

This sweeping interview covers everything from court cases to cooking–something DiMango says she is focusing on to help her get through the pandemic.

Be seated. Justice DiMango is in session.