A simple question from Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer to an accused burglar standing before her in the courtroom absolutely astonished the man and left him sobbing.
Glazer, who was presiding over a bond hearing for Arthur Booth, noticed a very familiar face standing before her when she looked up and quickly realized that he was a long-lost friend from her childhood whom she hadn’t seen for decades.
Rather than ignore that fact, she spoke up.
“Mr. Booth, I have a question for you,” the judge said. “Did you go to Nautilus for Middle School?”
Booth, who is also accused of grand theft, burglary, fleeing and resisting arrest, instantaneously reacted with astonishment, made the connection and proclaimed, ”Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness!”
“I’m sorry to see you here, I always wondered what happened to you sir,” Glazer told Booth in the courtroom, adding that the two were close as young children. “This was the nicest kid in middle school.”
Booth sobbed as he soaked in the news.
Glazer, who set Booth’s bond at $44,000, concluded by wishing him well.
“I hope you’re able to change your ways,” she said. “Good luck to you.”