Judge’s compassion with 96-year-old man is more of what our justice system needs
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Compared to similar developed countries, the U.S. justice system is one of the most Draconian. We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and are one of the only countries in the West that still has the death penalty.

Maybe that's why Judge Frank Caprio, 82, who's known for his straightforwardness, compassion, and humor, is so popular.

His show, "Caught in Providence" has been on TV for over 20 years in the Providence, Rhode Island-area and became nationally syndicated in 2018.


"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," Caprio said, according to News 18.

The judge has had numerous rulings go viral and has amassed nearly two billion views on YouTube.

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Recently, the way he compassionately handled a 96-year-old man has been warming people's hearts.

Victor Coella came before Caprio's court after being ticketed for speeding in a school zone. Coella defended himself, saying, "I don't drive that fast, Judge. I'm 96 years old and I drive slowly, and I only drive when I have to."

"I was going to the blood work for my boy. He's handicapped," Coella continued. "Yeah, I take him for blood work every two weeks because he's got cancer."

"You are a good man. You are a good man," the judge responded. "You really are what America is all about," Caprio said. "Here you are in your 90s, and you're still taking care of your family. That's just a wonderful thing."

The judge then asked the age of his son. "63," he said, prompting Caprio to ask: "Yeah, and Daddy is still taking care of him, right?"

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The judge then pointed to his own son sitting in the back of the courtroom. "You are setting a bad example for my kid. You are putting a lot of pressure on me," the judge joked.

"Listen, sir, I wish you all the best. I wish the best for your son, and I wish you good health, and your case is dismissed," the judge said to the elderly man, who nodded, teary-eyed.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

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Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.