Judge Judy Overruled
Judge Judy runs her TV courtroom with an iron gavel but one of her recent decisions has been overruled.
Brooklyn Family Court Judge Jeffrey Sunshine has ruled that the television court jurist has no jurisdiction to decide visitation and child support.
A couple in the process of getting divorce appeared before the TV court on the Feb. 23 show, in a lawsuit brought by the husband to recover $1,000 for wedding gifts and pictures. In her ruling, Judy Sheindlin ordered the husband to pay child support, and created a visitation schedule for the child.
But Judge Jeffrey, who was assigned to resolve these issues for the family court, ruled that these issues were beyond Judge Judys power. He wrote in his opinion, "The [television show] is wholly improper for issues involving custody and visitation."
Before joining the TV show, Sheindlin was a family court judge in Manhattan.
Chelsea Without Peer
And we didnt even get a postcard. . .
Even before she left the other day with her daddy on his visit to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Chelsea Clinton was the most traveled Presidential offspring in history. The Presidents daughter has traveled the world over with her parents, mainly her mother.
In recent months, Chelsea has had more public exposure, but not to the press, of course. Press secretary Joe Lockhart dismissed the suggestion that she was to be a stand-in for the first lady, acting as her fathers hostess on the trip to India.
"Shes going as a daughter," Lockharts office insisted. Hillary Clinton, of course, was busy running for Senate here.
Bill, meanwhile, does not intend to let any grass grow under his feet as he counts down the months until Air Force One, instant helicopters and armored limousines will no longer be at his command. He plans to travel far and wide to Europe a couple of times, to the Pacific for an economic conference on Okinawa, to Africa and probably once again to Ireland before he leaves office.
An upstate convenience store chain hopes to
Stewarts convenience stores is offering a new ice cream flavor, "Budget Crunch," for $1.50. But if the Governor and State Legislature miss the April 1 deadline for adopting a state budget which theyve missed for the past 15 years Stewarts will give away the ice cream for free.
Then the price will increase a penny for each day that the budget is late, rising to the original price.
So perhaps Governor Pataki and legislative leaders can take an ice cream break and come up with a budget. Instead of going down the rocky road of late budgets, maybe they can (banana?) split the difference.
Hal & Rudy
It was less than a week before interim Schools Chancellor Harold Levy and the Mayor were scheduled to have their first face to face when they almost stumbled upon one another.
At a farewell bash to Dep. Mayor Ninfa
Twenty minutes later, in breezed Giuliani, who stepped up to the podium to laud Segarra as she departed for CUNYs waters. Levy stood amid the crowd of about 75, and applauded the Mayors introduction and his speech. Though all eyes were on the two, the two didnt come face to face, according to party sources.
The Mayor, who was late to the party, left soon after congratulating his longest-serving deputy.
In Sight, Out of Mind
There was a lot of talk about the mental fitness of the Mayor last week, a topic that is not usually aired so publicly especially about a man who many believe is the least likely candidate for a regular stint on a leather couch.
But if mob boss Tony Soprano can spend quality time with his shrink on HBO's smash "The Sopranos," then why not Hizzoner?
First, the Rev. Jesse Jackson criticized Giulianis response to the shooting of Patrick Doris-mond: "Its not just meanness, its mental." The Rev. Al Sharpton echoed his mentor by saying Giuliani "borders on needing therapy."
And even a former supporter of the Mayor from the Orthodox Jewish community questioned the Mayors mental health. "[The City needs a] clearheaded mayor with the ability to handle anxiety and stress without overreacting and lashing out," said Brooklyn Assemblymember Dov Hikind.
Well, there are some signs that the Mayor is at least thinking about psychology. The Mayor has been using psychoanalytic terms lately like "projection," "blocking" and the "subconscious," notes the New York Post.
And in his Inner Circle skit two weeks ago, the Mayors character does visit a headshrinker.
Even Hillary Clinton couldnt stop herself from taking a jab at the Mayor. "I guess hes spending a lot of time thinking about psychoanalysis and psychology or at least hes spending a lot of time projecting it onto other people," she said.
Of course, the Mayors office dismisses all this armchair analysis of Rudy as just a lot of idle speculation. "The Mayor reads a lot of Freud," spokesperson Sunny Mindel told The Post.
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