• 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

    Namaste: Court rules yoga classes in public schools do not violate freedom of religion

    Yoga

    For many in this country, the practice of yoga is an entirely secular (non-religious) experience undertaken for reasons such as increasing physical flexibility, decreasing pain, and reducing stress.  For others, the practice of yoga is a religious ritual, undertaken for spiritual purposes. Some public schools offer …

    “Dabbing” article censored in Virginia high school

    Censorship

    SaraRose Martin is the co-editor of The Falconer, the student newspaper at Fauquier High School in Virginia. In March, 2015, she was told by her principal that an article she wrote about dabbing was not suitable for printing in the school’s paper. She appealed the …

  • Is there a free speech right to a confederate flag license plate?

    confederate flag

    Once you get your driver’s license and eventually your own car, do you plan to request a special license plate with your own message? Often referred to as “vanity plates,” many states offer these for a small annual fee. You may be able to spell …

    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:  Defending 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 …

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