09 February, 2017
This is What's Trending Today.
Judge Frank Caprio is a celebrity in the city of Providence, Rhode Island.
And, he is starting to get noticed around the world, too.
Caprio is an 80-year-old judge in the capital city of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S.
One of his jobs is to preside over traffic court. That involves talking to people who have gotten traffic tickets for going through red lights or parking illegally.
They go to traffic court to dispute the tickets.
Caprio hears what they have to say. Then, he decides whether or not the ticket is valid.
Caprio recently heard the case of a young man who was driving his mother's car. He went through a light after it turned red. After he spoke with the high school student, Caprio decided to let him off with a warning -- if he promised to go to college and graduate.
Another video from the Providence traffic court came out earlier this week.
It showed a woman speaking with Judge Caprio about a parking ticket.
She went to traffic court after getting a ticket for parking in an area that only permitted parking after 10 a.m.
The ticket was written at 9:59 a.m.
The woman said the clock in her car showed 10 a.m., so she thought it would be OK.
After some conversation, the judge decided to dismiss the ticket.
But Caprio did tell her, "You violated the city ordinances." He held up a large book of rules. He smiled and the woman laughed.
He said: "Our parking enforcement officers are second to none in the country!"
After talking with the court officer, he said "I think 9:59 is close enough. Matter is dismissed."
The video was viewed over 1 million times in just two days. It became a trending video on YouTube.
One person wrote of the video: "This is so cute. What a great judge. Playful defendant. LOVE THIS"
Others wondered if the video was real, because it seemed so funny.
But, there actually are judges out there like Frank Caprio. He is as real as they come.
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
What did you think of Judge Caprio and his courtroom? Let us know in the comments section.
Words in This Story
preside – v. to be in charge of something (such as a trial)
celebrity – n. the state of being famous or celebrated
valid – adj. fair or reasonable
ordinance – n. a law or regulation made by a city or town government
cute – adj. the state of being famous or celebrated