Published On: Wed, Aug 6th, 2014

Judge Judy’s ‘Daughter’ Facing Jail for Refusing Jury Duty

Judge Judith Sheindlin

Nicole Kugler, 35, of O’Fallon, Missouri, who says she’s is the daughter of television’s “Judge Judy” is facing prison time for contempt, because she’s refusing to serve jury duty in federal court.

Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin.

In 1964, Sheindlin married Ronald Levy, who later became a prosecutor in juvenile court; they moved together to New York and had two children, Jamie and Adam. The couple divorced in 1976 after 12 years of marriage. Adam is District Attorney in Putnam County, New York.

In 1977 she married Jerry Sheindlin, a judge who from 1999 to 2001 was an arbiter on The People’s Court, the oldest daytime courtroom show on American television. They divorced in 1990, partially as a result of the stress and struggles that Judith incurred after her father’s death that same year, [1] but remarried the following year. They have five children – Gregory, Jamie, Adam, Jonothan and Nicole – and 12 grandchildren.

Kugler claims she’s a full-time student, serves as a judge in Texas, and would free murderers if she’s forced to serve.

Then she did something unusual: the day before her hearing, Kugler unsuccessfully sought an order of protection against U.S. Chief Judge David Herndon alleging the court staff’s attempt to reach her for jury duty amounted to stalking. St. Clair County Associate Judge Patricia Kievlan denied the request.

Judge Herndon has ordered her to explain why she should not be held in contempt at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 20 in the U.S. District Court.

Kugler now faces up to three days in prison and a $1, 000 fine for failing to complete a jury questionnaire, with more punishment to come.

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