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Disorder in the court: Female lawyers want NBC to yank ‘Bad Judge’

A group of female lawyers in Miami-Dade really, really, really hates a new sitcom, saying the show depicts a female judge as “unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power.”

And those are some of the kinder things.

Their ruling: They want NBC to pull the plug on the show.

Bad Judge made its debut Oct. 2. Two weeks later, the Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers sent a letter to network CEO Steve Burke, asking him to kill it.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko brought the show to the lawyers’ attention.

“We believe that media images that depict women in a negative light, even when intended to be funny, are damaging and often dangerous,” said Deborah Baker, president of the lawyers’ association. “Our mission has been to advance women in the legal profession, to help women climb the ranks and to be taken seriously in the legal profession. However, this show does just the opposite.”

In the letter, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers complained about references to:

▪ A “muffin-top judge,” referring to her body.

▪ Her bumper sticker that reads “If you are rich, I am single.”

▪ Having sex with an expert witness in her chambers before court.

▪ The judge waking up late for court due to a hangover.

▪ The judge parked in a spot designated for the disabled.

▪ A hickey on the judge’s neck.

And there were other complaints.

“Our organization understands that Bad Judge may be intended to be hyperbole, but we nonetheless find it damaging to women in the legal profession,” Baker said. “The show is not only offensive to the many women judges who serve with the highest levels of integrity but also dangerous to the extent those who hold preconceived notions about women judges will find their sexist beliefs reaffirmed.”

Burke and his representatives at NBC, did not return calls for comment.

In the United States, there have been four female justices on the Supreme Court. Less then 35 percent of the active judges sitting on the 13 federal courts of appeal are women, and 32 percent of the active U.S. district court judges are women, Baker said in her letter.

Bad Judge airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. It’s produced by Will Ferrell (Step Brothers) and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Talladega Nights).

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