Judge Judy died Friday at age 95.
As her name appeared on the list of Supreme Court nominees, a few things stood out: her family’s background as lawyers for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, her conviction on multiple felony counts in the late 1970s, and her personal history as an advocate for children in the 1970s.
A judge appointed by President George W. Bush, she was a key player in the court’s landmark Roe v.
Wade decision, which legalized abortion.
“I don’t know anyone who’s ever been able to make that kind of an impression on me,” Judge Judy said in an interview with the National Law Journal.
“And that’s really the key to me.
It’s not just what you’re doing, it’s what you say, and the more you make a difference, the more I will believe you.”
She also said she felt “great joy” at the confirmation hearing for the Supreme Judicial Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, in front of senators on Friday.
Judge Judy has had a difficult time keeping up with the demands of her role on the court.
“It’s been really hard,” she said.
“Every day I’m getting up, I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to keep up?
What am I doing today?'”
Judge Judy also said that she’s still trying to process the loss of her daughter, Julie, who died in 2014, in a car accident.
“She was a beautiful person, and I miss her,” Judge Judith said.
The next Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed by the Senate will be Judge Brett Kavanaugh.