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Judge Glenda Hatchett talks new TV show, achieving justice for Philando Castile

If you’ve seen Judge Glenda Hatchett on her court bench, you know she doesn’t play.

The 65-year-old judge has been dishing out tough love and life lessons on the nationally syndicated show Judge Hatchettfor more than a decade.

After a 14-year run, Hatchett took a break from TV and started her own national law firm in 2015, The Hatchett Firm. She has also authored several books and speaks at community events in Atlanta and around the country.

This week Hatchett launched a brand-new court TV show The Verdict with Judge Hatchett,while taking on what is arguably the biggest case of her life: representing the family of Philando Castile, the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer.

Judge Hatchett spoke with theGrio from Minnesota about how she plans to deliver justice for the Castile family and why she’s so passionate about getting justice for everyday people.

TG: Judge Hatchet, you’ve got a lot going on right now. What made this the right time to come back to television, and what do you want to accomplish with your show?

JH: So many people for years have been saying, “When are you coming back?”

And I didn’t think I would come back and do another show, frankly. I loved what I was doing with the first show; I had an original run for 8 years, then syndication all these years later. But it felt right to come back.

 

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