A clip of an American judge dismissing a 96-year-old’s speeding ticket has gone viral for ALL the right reasons, as he took pity on the elderly man after it transpired he had been looking after his cancer-stricken son.
You may recognise Judge Frank Caprio as the television judge on ABC’s Caught in Providence, where he’s become famous for ruling with a big heart. Sure, he doesn’t suffer fools lightly, but will always show mercy where it’s due – as was the case with a 96-year-old man called Mr Coella.
Y’see, Coella had been charged with a ‘school zone violation’, which meant he had been exceeding the speed limit in a school area.
“I don’t drive that fast, Judge,” Coella told Caprio. “I’m 96 years old and I drive slowly, and I only drive when I have to.”
Coella then calmly told the judge he had been helping out his son, who he explained is ‘handicapped’.
“I take him for blood work every two weeks because he’s got cancer,” he said, after Caprio asked him if he had been driving him to the doctor’s office that day.
That’s the moment when Caprio’s eyes narrowed, and it looked as though he had made up his mind about the fate of the concerned father.
Judge Caprio said Coella was ‘a good man’. Credit: ABC
Telling him he is ‘a good man’, Caprio said that Coella’s actions were ‘what America is all about’.
“Here you are in your 90s, and you’re still taking care of your family,” he said. “That’s just a wonderful thing.“
When Coella said his son is 63, Caprio smiled and added: “And Daddy’s still taking care of him, right?”
The exchange then had the ultimate TV twist when Caprio introduced his very own son, who had been sitting at the back of the room.
“You’re setting a bad example to my son – you’re putting a lot of pressure on me!” he joked as his son waved over to him, laughing.
Wishing Coella and his son well, Caprio then closed by saying the case was dismissed.
The clip of their conversation has gone viral, having had more than 25 million views on Twitter and 1.2m likes.
“This is genuinely one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen,” one person tweeted.
“The father, despite everything, is still trying his hardest of taking care of his ill son. Both the judge and father are a beacon of light in this world.”
Someone else commented: “Dude I started crying, he’s so stressed and was just trying his best for his son okay I’m crying.”
Another wrote: “Can someone please drive this good man and his son around forever and ever, where do they live I’m in TEARS.”