It is my opinion Judge Jeanine Wadeson practices ageism in her courtroom.
I moved to Warwick nearly six years. At the ripe old age of 62, I bought my first car. I have been driving since I was 16 and been pulled over only once. In my adult life I have had to hold various valid licenses, permits, and certificates from federal, state, and city agencies. When about to expire, I always received notification to re-new. I thought this was true of all such government issuances. So, I was surprised when a State Trooper pulled me over and ticketed me for an expired auto inspection tag. I knew I had not received any notification. That’s when I learned you don’t get any fair warning to have your car inspected. I immediately drove to the nearest Inspection Station and got my new tag.
When I appeared in traffic court I was advised to plead guilty and told, in all likelihood, the ticket would be dismissed. When my name was called, I stood in front of Judge Wadeson with my inspection receipt and I immediately saw it in her face. She saw me as an old man who should know better. Without a question about what happened, I was found guilty, fined, and told to pay the clerk.
Was I guilty? Perhaps. Was it fair? Not really. Was it impartial? I don’t think so. Judge Wadeson didn’t seem to want to know. I was taught that justice is blind. I don’t believe that held true in my case, as ageism reared its ugly head in the eyes of Judge Wadeson.
I have no personal connection to Judge Jeanine Wadeson. I am not for or against her. I think everyone, including the Judge, should take a closer look at what motivates and informs her decisions from the bench.
THOMAS G. ROBERTS