• 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

    Teen successfully challenges homeowner’s association

    Sixteen-year-old Kyle Tucker  attends a charter school in Arizona. The school sits on private property managed by a condominium association. Kyle is also a Boy Scout working on his project to become an Eagle Scout. His project was simple but ran into HOA rules that …

    Today is Constitution Day

    Constitutional Convention

    That’s right. Two hundred twenty-seven years ago a small group of men gathered in Philadelphia to sign a document that has withstood the test of time. The U.S. Constitution and its 27 Amendments remain the governing ideals of our democracy. These documents affect all of …

  • Avoid the “fire challenge”

    fire challenge

    This new social media stunt is not to be believed. Unfortunately, it’s gone viral on YouTube, Vine and other sites with dire consequences. The fire challenge, it seems, is how long you can endure pain while the stunt is being filmed. Kids are using rubbing alcohol, …

    Public defenders fired over hate speech on Facebook

    Facebook burnout

    Once again, we see another incident of careless speech but this time it’s not by teenagers. Adults are just as capable of offensive and irresponsible communication. Two assistant public defenders in Florida were fired in July, 2014 for hate speech posted on Facebook about Palestinians. Their …

    New Hampshire declares emergency on synthetic drugs

    Smacked potpourri

    In August, 2014, New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency for the synthetic compound referred to as “smacked.” Due to a reported forty-four overdose cases, it was time to crack down on the potpourris sprayed with synthetic chemicals. Fortunately, there were no reported deaths. …

    Unwise selfie leads to death

    Oscar Aguilar

    Can a selfie really be harmful? After all, you’re the one taking the picture, so consent isn’t an issue. Of course, if it’s sexting, that’s another matter altogether. A recent incident in Mexico City highlights the dangers of selfies mixed with weapons. Twenty-one year old …

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