Paula Marano's 3rd-graders joined others from
Skyway for the annual mock trial in a Kootenai County courtroom of Judge Eugene Marano. While the jury deliberated the fate of Goldilocks in a "bad manners" case, the judge fielded questions from the audience.
Q: Are you a real judge?
Q: Have you ever sent anyone to jail?
A: Yes, but only if they really deserved it.
Q: Do you yell a lot?
A: We're not supposed to do that. It's not very judicial.
Q: How much money do you make in 5 years?
A: Slightly more than a teacher, about $93,000 per year. (audience gasps) You can multiply that by five.
Q: Do you like waking up in the morning?
A: Yes, because Mrs. Marano is there beside me. (Mrs. Marano blushes)
Hat Tip: Jesse Tinsley
Feedback: "I wrote down these questions while shooting a photo at this event and sent them on to DFO. I was somewhat shocked at the $93K salary, but I think that's in line for a senior judge. And I knew that Judge Marano knows about teachers pay because his wife is a teacher.
My sense is that judges make a lot of money so they don't--among other things--get tempted to take money 'under the table'" -- Jesse Tinsley.