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Judge David Young: Out for publicity

David_youngJudge David Young is about to debut on syndicated television. He's busy giving interviews like this one on AfterElton.com:

AE: Did voters know you were gay when you ran for reelection?
DY:
Not an issue. As a matter of fact, when my partner Scott ran for election, he ran as an openly gay man, of course, and he was outed in the Herald. He was never in the closet to begin with, but the Herald ran a story on his sexual orientation with me in the story about a week before qualifying.

Some homophobic bigot almost ran against him, but it didn't happen. But Scott's fundraising doubled overnight because people were so outraged that the Herald would even mention Scott's orientation. In Florida, you're not allowed to mention race, gender or sexual orientation in any judicial campaign ads. If you do that, you can get thrown off the bench. In that vein, Florida is very progressive.

Let's go back to July 1998 and reread my story about Judge David Young and his partner, Judge-to-Be Scott Bernstein:

GAY JUDGES: JUDGE US NOT BY SEXUALITY BUT QUALIFICATIONS

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@miamiherald.com

Fall elections are approaching and gay political activists in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are busy supporting (and raising money for) their favorite candidates.

Dade ActionPac already has endorsed two openly gay candidates for judicial seats in Miami-Dade County: County Judge Victoria Sigler, who is running for re-election and Scott Bernstein, a civil-trial lawyer who hopes to become a Circuit Court judge.

Sigler made history four years ago when she became the first openly gay or lesbian person elected a judge in Florida, according to Dade ActionPac.

"She is truly an outstanding role model and judge, " according to the PAC's endorsement.
Sigler paved the way for other openly gay judges to serve in Florida: Mark King Leban became a Dade County judge in 1995; last year, Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed Robert Lee a Broward County judge.

"Scott Bernstein is trying to accomplish on the Circuit Court level what Victoria Sigler has on the County Court, " Dade ActionPac says, "to become the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected a Circuit Court judge."

Bernstein, 38, says sexuality has nothing to do with being a good judge.

"I see it as a nonissue, " Bernstein says. "The community is mature enough to not think of that issue, but to think of the most qualified for the job . . . I don't go up to anybody and say, 'Vote for me because of this, that or the other thing.' I say, 'Vote for me because I'm qualified.' "

Still, if Bernstein is asked about being gay, he tells.

"Judges are not supposed to lie. No politician is supposed to lie, " he says. "I'm not sure that telling the truth -- how can that hurt? Isn't the lesson you learn from childhood that honesty is the best policy? There are people in this county who are not going to vote for me because I'm Jewish. There is nothing I can do about that. I'm not going to not say I'm Jewish.

"I'm not doing anything to prove a point. I'm not doing this to show people this can be done, " Bernstein says. "I have a genuine interest to improve the society in which we live."

Bernstein has spent nearly his entire life in South Florida. He graduated from Palmetto High in 1977, attended undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and law school at University of Florida.

About three years ago, Bernstein met Dade County Judge David Young at a law firm party and the two began to date. They have lived together for 2-1/2 years.

Young, 39, a former prosecutor and private criminal-trial lawyer, was elected to the bench in 1992. He now is a Dade Juvenile judge. Young says a person's sexuality "is irrelevant to being a judge.

"You want to be a role model, not just to a selected group. Judges should be role models for the entire community. Models for hard work and education.

"We have an obligation, all judges, to be involved in the community: Speaking before groups, especially in schools, is a wonderful way of getting the message across about right and wrong."

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Maybe Judge David Young is the one with the phobia as he refers to someone as a homophobic bigot in the second paragragh of the above listed article. I find that to be unprofessional. I have viewed his new show one time and whatever his sexual orientation is, I find him to not be a fair judge. He also makes it quite clear that he is gay, which should be kept to himself. The judges on other shows and stations never refer to their sexual orientation. Therefore I will not be tuning in. I don't believe this show will be around for long, which will be a good thing.

Maybe Judge David Young is the one with the phobia as he refers to someone as a homophobic bigot in the second paragragh of the above listed article. I find that to be unprofessional. I have viewed his new show one time and whatever his sexual orientation is, I find him to not be a fair judge. He also makes it quite clear that he is gay, which should be kept to himself. The judges on other shows and stations never refer to their sexual orientation. Therefore I will not be tuning in. I don't believe this show will be around for long, which will be a good thing.

Listen, The writer of this blog needs to get his math straight. There is no way that someone could be 38 years old and have graduated highschool in 1977!!!! You are supposed to be a professional arent you!!!! Get your facts straight! or at least dont tell untruths that can be verified.

Mel, look again. That story was written nine years ago: "Let's go back to July 1998 and reread my story about Judge David Young and his partner, Judge-to-Be Scott Bernstein:"

Tammy, you're factually incorrect. Many TV judges refer to their sexual orientation. Judge Milian and Judge Judy, for instance, often mention their husbands. I can recall Milian expressing attraction to men while discoursing with defendants. No one thinks of that as "referring" to their orientation because it's considered normal and expected. But when a gay man does the exact same things, they are dragging their orientation into the courtroom. Horrors!

It's ok not to like the show though. It's really not very good, Judge Young leads the testimony in ways that are frankly, not very entertaining.

I love Judge David Young...Hes so refreshing and its nice to see him represent the gay community in such a fine way. He is showing viewers a different side of the stereotypical views by many that have not had the "pleasure" of meeting nice decent gay men and women. Im a huge court show addict and even b4 I heard of David young and knew he was gay, I already knew I liked him...I just hope with the way our local chanels are that we will not loose his program...The only bad thing I can personaly say about the Honarable Judge,is that it suks for me that hes not single...LOL....Great show Your Honor, Sir.

I have to strongly disagree that the judge leads the testimony in ways that are not entertaining. I find him not only entertaing but also respecting his court room. Even though its a show your still in front of a judge and in a court room and its admirable to me he chooses to run it as such...I like the way he doesnt let people talk over eachohter. Hes fair and to the point. I found his remark today that alot of his people were hairdressers way too funny....Tell me thats not entertainment.

All I want to remark on is the fact that being Gay or Straight makes you no less of a judge.. This is the year 2007. I thought the day's of judging someone for whom they lay down w/ at night was becoming less of a problem for any of us.

I just stumbled upon Judge David's show and am extremely impressed. I will record this program every day from now on. I find him respectful, fair, intelligent, entertaining, and warm.

Thank you for the opportunity to give my opinion.

Jessie

My heart is broken. I have/had a huge crush on Judge Young and today I find out he is gay. Nothing wrong with that except that I don't stand a chance. Boo Hoo Hoo

I love Judge David Young! He is fair, honest and sincere. I am a 25 year old straight woman, I watch his show every day and I have no problem with him, or anyone else on this planet, being openly gay. As the saying goes, "we all put our pants on the same way." He will always have my support!

Judge Judy makes tens of millions a year because she gets high ratings for bawling people out. Judge Young's even handed and sometimes humorous approach to disputes and his concerted efforts to heal families added to his and his partner's continued goals to make a difference give the lie to the homophobic religio-nuts (How's that for a complex-compound sentence?).

I love Judge David young. I disagree with with the other comments that he is uninteresting and unfair. I like the other judges on but my favorite has to be Young. He is handsome smart as hell, and totally fair, kind and considerate, I love his show. I hope he will be on forever. I never miss his show. I tape them everyday he is the best.

Today's case: Lady brought her kid's back in for a one-hour repair job...promised to be finished 12 days later...was not done by then...had to go back twice more...owner could not take credit card since his machine was not working...lady goes home and gets a check...on the way home afterwards discovered the bike not working correctly...lady cancels check...judge refers to her as a whack job and makes her pay $90. No wonder I don't watch these shows as a rule...this guy is just another embarrassment to the legal profession. A dull wit to boot!

I have watched the Judge David Young show a few, times, and I find him irritating, silly and unprofessional - especially his "singing" of Broadway tunes. I object as well to the comment he makes at the start of each show when he sings that there's a bigot in my courtroom, and "Denile is a river in Egypt that doesn't flow through this courtroom."

Then he chastises some litigant with comments on how one has to open their heart and accept those different from him. Why? We don't have to accept anything. We should tolerate and not harm, but we do not have to accept. By calling people who don't accept gays readily, he himself is not playing by his own rules.

To me, I think he's just one big buffoon who makes a mockery out of the justice system, such as it is. Oops, does that make me a "homophobic bigot?" He's quick to call names and call people on what HE feels or thinks is bigotry. I wonder how he'd like it if the shoe was on the other foot. Not very much I don't think.

Needless to say, I don't make it a point to watch Judge David Young.

I have been watching Judge David Young since he first appeared on television. I see him as an interesting and fair man. I have always thought that he may be gay, didn't find out for sure until today. My opinion stands firm. I will continue to watch his show.

I find his show very entertaining but you must remember, it is just a show. For the folks that don't like the Judge, don't watch his show. I for one enjoy his quips and overlook or don't even notice his "gay" comments. Who cares if he is gay, it's his choice, so be it. A lot of people would be surprised how many gay entertainers there in Show Business, get over it and move on, if you so desire.

If being gay is an accepted lifestyle then all moral belives should be accepted. I want three wives and I want to have sex with your dog while having lunch in the nude on the white house lawn.

You are considered a bigot if you dislike someone who was born diferent than you.... skin color, born into another race (Jew) anything you have no control over; something that can not be hidden in a closet. You are NOT a bigot if you dislike things about someone that are learned (taught) attudes and or lifestyles.

David Young is immoral and he teaches others to be the same way. Being gay is not natural. Taking it in the A_ _ is not natural either. That orface has but one reason for being and it's an exit only.

If being gay is an accepted lifestyle then all moral belives should be accepted. I want three wives and I want to have sex with your dog while having lunch in the nude on the white house lawn.

You are considered a bigot if you dislike someone who was born diferent than you.... skin color, born into another race (Jew) anything you have no control over; something that can not be hidden in a closet. You are NOT a bigot if you dislike things about someone that are learned (taught) attudes and or lifestyles.

David Young is immoral and he teaches others to be the same way. Being gay is not natural. Taking it in the A_ _ is not natural either. That orface has but one reason for being and it's an exit only.

Posted by: | January 23, 2008 at 03:10 PM

you have to be kidding..your ignorance is amazing.. and taking it in the "A--"?? sounds like YOUR A-- is in your head and crap is coming out. educate yourself on "choices" of being gay.. welcome to the 21st century.. or then again, maybe not so much

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I had no idea that he was gay, not until he had a case involving a bride and he said something about "not being allowed" to marry. That made me think and I just confirmed that he was indeed gay by googeling him. He's a very colorful man for sure. I have gay friends, but I didn't pick up on him. Hey, so what? I like his style and thats good enough for me. Go David!

I watched his show for a while before he mae any reference to the fact that he was gay, and even then it was subtle and not in poor taste. He's fair, experienced, follows the law and seems to have a heart. It's not for me to say who HE should be able to love. I find those who are outraged by someone else's adult choice of mates to be...quite odd...and a bit frightening.

I knew from the ads they run fo rhis show that he was gay. Notice at the beginning how he does that little snap your fingers like no you didnt move?I am a straight 26 yr old woman and i have a crush on him tho

"David Young is immoral and he teaches others to be the same way. Being gay is not natural. Taking it in the A_ _ is not natural either. That orface has but one reason for being and it's an exit only. "

Question if "Taking it in the A__ __ is not natural, then what about taking it in the mouth?

There, take your bigot pride and swollow it.

I had a case in front of Judge Bernstein, Judge Young's lover. Before the case was ever heard by him, I was advised by a friend of YOung's to go see Judge Young over my issue. To my surprise I learned he was my judge's lover. Young spoke to me about my case, he felt my legs up and insisted I hire a corrupt young lawyer to take care of this case. One who is friends with both him and his lover. His leg petting and flirting session ended session and I left.

His lover, was not happy that I did not hire his buddy. A young man,now MIami Beach COmmissioner, Michael GOngora. A man with more feathers than Liberace and little respect to even return a phone call after demanding what amounted to a bribe to fix the case. I guess I was being forced to do something I could not afford to do by a bunch of public servants.

Judge Bernsteing was then orderd by the 3rd District Court of Appeals to give me a rehearing of an order entered by a prior Judge on my case. He claimed that "he did not know what to do,"
"that without clear instructions he would do nothing" and denied my motion/petition.

Judge Bernstein was then ordered again by the court of appeals to give me a rehearing. This time he wrote another order stating the opposite. He claimed that he did give me a rehearing and that I did not state anything in support of my motion or petition when asked. He claimed this occurred in that prior hearing.

Transcript and tape evidences all that occurred.

He in effect lied to the court of appeals to defeat my case in which he was not suposed to have any special interest. WHy he did it? I do not know but I suspect it may have something to do with avoiding scandal by a rich insurance company I was suing and for my failure to pay ridiculous money to Gongora. He did not care that I lost my home 12 years earlier and needed to get paid so that I could rebuild my home. He did not care for the stress and pain I have endured and merely ridiculed me.

I then went back to see Judge Young to tell him what his partner was doing to me but he was in a trial. He then sent his bailiff to inform me that since he was then in a reelection that it was not good if he spoke to me. What a hyprocite.
Is this public service or social climging?


I guess these men have no integrity. I am gay as well and find their conduct to be disgusting and inmoral not for what they do with their bodies which any straight person who is homphobic could look at as hurting one self. I find their conduct of hurting others truly what they deserve punishment for. My court files are available currently at the court of appeals case number 060287 and later will be at the circuit court under case number 97-18802CA01. I will soon have my case published in full at:
americaninternationalgroupsucks.com
If anyone hates this men, hate them and seek their removals from office for their illegal rulings and actions on the bench which should not be too hard to do!

Next time they should worry about what we can do to expose their games. I took a court reporter to every hearing and taped them as well.

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