Law: Gavel on The Go

The minute America's best-known jurist bangs his gavel, onlookers in the nation's most famous courtroom attentively come to order. Not the U.S. Supreme Court, silly -- The People's Court, with 11 million viewers daily, featuring Judge Joseph Wapner and his 30-minute brand of homespun jurisprudence. Now in A View from the Bench (Simon & Schuster; $17.95), the judge describes the evolution of his electronic philosophy.

"Look for the truth of a case with your own eyes," he decided during 20 years as a California judge. When a driver claims his car couldn't go over 35 m.p.h., his Honor-on-the-spot takes it out...

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