Monday, February 27, 2017
Another position for Trump to appoint
Joseph A. Wapner, the judge who presided over the birth of the courtroom-reality TV genre, died Sunday after having been hospitalized earlier in the week, according to multiple news reports. He was 97. Wapner became one of the country's best-known judges in 1981 when he stepped behind the bench as the original host of "The People's Court." But he was a judge long before the show's debut. Born Nov. 15, 1919, in Los Angeles, Calif., Wapner grew up rubbing shoulders with future stars, attending Hollywood High School and briefly courting Lana Turner. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attended the University of Southern California for both undergraduate work and law school.