• 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

    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?

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    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 …

    Does a male inmate have a right to grow a beard?

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    We recognize this is a stretch, but juveniles who are tried and sentenced to prison as adults, are affected by a recent Supreme Court decision. In the case of Holt v. Hobbs, Gregory Holt (also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad), wanted to grow a half-inch …

    Arizona first to require civics test to graduate


    The subject has been tossed around for years, but Arizona took action in January, 2015 by becoming the first state to pass the “American Civics Act.”* Studies have indicated the abysmal knowledge of  U.S. government and history possessed by our youth. On the other hand, …

    Cursive or keyboard writing?? Why not learn both?

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    Did you know that some school districts and states are dropping handwriting (cursive) from required learning in grade schools? Hard to believe but it’s happening. When the new set of standards for public schools were drafted (called Common Core), penmanship was left out of the …

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