Picks and Pans Review: •Judge Mathis

updated 03/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Greg Mathis trades too much on his personal story as a onetime juvenile offender, but his streetwise humor enlivens the courtroom atmosphere. Cutting to the heart of one case, Mathis observed that a junkie lending money is "an oxymoron in and of itself." He lacks Supreme Court gravitas, but on this level's he's okay.

VERDICT: Do some time with him.

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