“We’re talking about your father, ok? You’re going to say ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty,’ what do you say?” That was the question posed by a traffic court judge with a good sense of humor to a charming, honest little boy. As the judge questions the boy’s father over a speeding ticket, a hilarious and heartwarming family affair unfolds and an answer is given.
“I just got my U.S. license six months ago.”
According to StatisticsBrain.com, 41 million Americans receive a speeding ticket each year, give or take a few. The man (name not given) in this video below was one of them. Like many others, he was given the opportunity to explain his circumstances in traffic court.
“Have you been driving for three years?” Judge Frank Caprio asks.
The man answers yes, but clarifies. “I have been driving in Africa before the U.S., but I just got my U.S. license six months ago.”
The judge responds with a hint of sarcasm: “Oh, you celebrated by speeding?”
That’s when the judge decided to have a little fun.
With the courtroom filled to capacity, the “audience” is clearly curious as to what the judge is up to. As the man begins to explain that he was with his wife and two babies when the police officer stopped him, he interrupts him asking if they are in attendance. They are.
“Bring them up here,” the judge requests. You’ll note the big grin on the little boy’s face at that point in the video.
Riding a fine line between justice and comedy, the questioning continues
Questioning the man’s wife, the judge starts to poke fun with a good-humored remark about “endangerment of a child.” The parents, smiling and getting a chuckle out of this turn of direction in the proceedings, seem to find a little relief in the humor.
But the judge is still riding a fine line between justice and comedy, leaving all wondering where this is going.
He decides to ask the little boy for his opinion.
That’s when the judge invites Menelik, the little boy, to look up at him and say “hi!” Menelik smiles and gives the judge a wave and a softly spoken ‘hi.’
“Alright, come up here, bring him up here,” Judge Caprio requests. “I want to ask him a question.”
What do you say?
That question, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, was “Is your father guilty or not guilty?”
In a one word response, without hesitation, the boy emphatically says into the microphone … “GUILTY!”
The courtroom erupts in laughter.
All in attendance erupt in laughter at the boy’s response, especially his parents.
“An honest boy!” announces the judge as he shakes the boy’s hand and dismisses him. With a smile and a twinkle in his eye, the good-humored judge adds, “It’s official. you are guilty!”
To which the boy’s father replies with a smile, “He didn’t know what to say, he doesn’t know what he is saying.”
Commended for his honest family, he gets off with a warning.
The judge concludes with, “Well you have a wonderful family. Thank you. I’m going to give you credit for your good driving record in Africa. Just be careful out there.”
“I will,” the relieved defendant promises as the family and attendees are left with a smile and a sense of the true spirit of humanity.
What the full video below: