Judge allows 5-year-old to choose his dad’s punishment

Judge allows 5-year-old to choose his dad’s punishment
Image: Caught In Providence/Sociable via USA Today

[Ed. – A little change of pace from the depressing news of the day. Enjoy.]

Judge Frank Caprio has ruled Rhode Island’s Providence Municipal Court since 1985.

In many ways, he looks and acts like your average judge – wearing his black robe while making judgments in cases.

What makes Caprio special is his connection with his community, his understanding of people’s circumstances, and his connection with kids. He often asks the children of defendants to accompany him on the bench, asking them questions and instilling advice.

When a father showed up for a traffic violation, Caprio went a step further, asking the defendant’s five-year-old son, Jacob, to help him with his ruling.

“I have three choices,” Caprio told Jacob. “I can fine him $90, I can charge him $30 or I can charge him nothing. What do you think I should do?”

After a long pause young Jacob came up with a surprising answer.


For Caprio and his courtroom it was a cute surprise that had them all laughing.

(h/t Mental Recession)

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