• Judge Tom

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

    Articles by Judge Tom

    Should cyberbullying be a crime?

    cyberbullying poster

    In March, 2015, a bill was introduced in the Alabama legislature proposing to make student cyberbullying a crime. Attempts in a few other states have failed to pass the constitutional test as applied to the First Amendment right of free speech. If passed, the law …

    “Gray Mountain” and “Defending Jacob”

    Defending Jacob William Landay

    For those of you interested in great storytelling, solving a mystery and the criminal justice system, consider reading either or both of the following books: ┬áDefending Jacob by William Landay, and Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Both books are fiction but stem from small town …

  • “N-word” by frat boys merits expulsion

    SAE fraternity

    In March, 2015, a group of fraternity brothers from the University of Oklahoma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) were caught on video chanting racial slurs against blacks and indicating that blacks would never be admitted to their chapter. They also referred in their chant …

    Sticker shock from a waffle?


    Yes, this can and did happen to Judge Tom. He was visiting his mother in Long Beach, California in February, 2015. His 88-year-old mom enjoys eating breakfast out especially at IHop. So, of course, the good judge takes her to a nearby location. They both …

    What is a “free-range” kid?

    swing jumping

    Did you know there are laws setting age limits for children being left alone in public? This applies to teen parents as well as adults. The purpose of the laws is to keep children safe from harm. Children left in cars for extended periods, or …

    Can an 11-year-old “intend” to kill someone?


    That is the question to be debated in Ohio this year. In February, 2015, an 11-year-old middle school student was charged with the murder of a two-month-old girl named Zuri. The girl’s mother left the baby with her friend for the night. Her friend’s daughter …

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