In an obviously awkward and (for one) emotional reunion, Judge Mindy Glazer recognized a former high school acquaintance standing before her awaiting his bond decision. Arthur Booth is accused of burglary and broke into tears after Glazer identified him. Glazer clearly did not view the prior relationship (which was clearly long ended) a basis for recusal.
Glazer said “I’m sorry to see you here. I always wondered what happened to you.” She then continued as Booth began to sob and said “This was the nicest kid in middle school, he was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.” Booth could only keep repeating “Oh my goodness” as she added “I am so sorry to see you there. Mr. Booth, I hope you are able to change your ways, good luck to you. What’s sad is how old we’ve become. Good luck to you sir, I hope you are able to come out of this ok and just lead a lawful life.”
He will first have to get over a serious criminal case. He was seen driving a gold Honda Accord that was identified as involved in a home burglary. When an officer tried to stop the car, Booth allegedly took off — running stop signs and committing two accidents before crashing the car. He then fled on foot before being apprehended.
Glazer set Booth’s bond at $43,000.
It must have been a particularly crushing moment for Booth as it would anyone in his position. That is apparent from the film as he found himself not only being judged but judged by a school friend.