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Sheindlin Becoming TV Show Judge

August 2, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Judge Judy’s new competition is close to home.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Jerry Sheindlin, husband of TV’s ``Judge Judy,″ has picked up the gavel for ``The People’s Court,″ where the bench was most recently occupied by former New York Mayor Ed Koch.

Sheindlin said he asked his wife if she’d mind the competition.

``She is the one who told me I should do it,″ he said, adding he’s not worried about going gavel-to-gavel against his popular wife.

``I think that behind every great woman there is a man,″ the 65-year-old Sheindlin said, laughing. ``So I may be behind her now, but I also heard a rumor that behind every great man there is a woman. So we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.″

Sheindlin said in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times he wasn’t ``quite retired″ from the Supreme Court when he was asked to do the third season of ``The People’s Court.″ He began taping the series about six weeks ago.

``I do about 10 cases a day and I work two days a week,″ he said.

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