Retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show arbiter who became famous for his reality show, Judge Mathis. His show began its sixteenth season in September 2016.
He was sentenced to time at Wayne County Jail at age seventeen for committing a petty crime.
He authored the 2008 novel Street Judge.
He married Linda Reese in 1985. They have four children.
He was a syndicated reality court show judge, much like Judge Judy Sheindlin.