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Judge Judy's mommy instincts surface in defense of Putnam DA son
TV star Judy "Judge Judy" Sheindlin said her "motherly instincts" kicked in when she found out about the criticism leveled at her son Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy by Sheriff Donald Smith regarding Levy's actions during an investigation into the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl.
Levy's former live-in trainer, Alexandru Hossu, 35, an undocumented immigrant from Romania is accused of the crime. Smith said Levy acted unethically -- and perhaps illegally -- in interfering with the investigation.
Levy, 44, has denied the charges. The conflict has laid bare the long-simmering feud between Levy and Smith, who is running for a fourth term as sheriff this year.
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"Maternally, it's upsetting when your son is upset," Sheindlin said during an appearance at a Larchmont luncheon. The event celebrated the graduation of high school girls from "Her Honor's Mentoring Program," a county initiative developed by Sheindlin's daughter Nicole and funded by the TV judge that pairs high schoolers with successful women who act as mentors to the young women.
Dressed in a pink business suit and sporting large dark sunglasses, Judge Judy snapped that the case against Hossu is still "alleged."
"I really think that everyone should not rush to judgment when there hasn't even been a full court hearing in the case," she said.