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Judge Judy holds high court in Oz

Vowed to avenge frustration at lenient sentences

SYDNEY — Seems former Manhattan family court Judge Judith Sheindlin owes much of her success to holding a grudge for a long time.

Speaking recently at a literary lunch for the Oz launch of her book “Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever,” Sheindlin recalled her frustration at lenient sentences handed out by judges when she started as a prosecutor in 1972.

“I vowed that if I ever had the opportunity to be a presiding judge that an appearance before me by a delinquent would be the second worst experience of their life, the first being circumcision,” barked Sheindlin, who parlayed her heckling persona into global TV success with “Judge Judy,” which airs Down Under on CanWest-backed Network Ten.

Her other gems included women are “half the world’s population and we aren’t having half the fun,” while those pondering marriage should “remember divorce insurance.”

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