This as well as many other shows dealt with dramatized court cases, based on real court cases. This show was one of several courtroom dramas that were popular at the time such as Divorce Court with real life Judge William Keene and Superior Court with Raymond St. Jacques. The show was produced and licensed by WBNS Columbus, Ohio.
"I'm Judge Robert J. Franklin. I chose the law as my way of serving my fellow citizens. As an elected judge in the family court, I pray each day that God will give me the wisdom to always temper justice with mercy."
Even on the bench, Judge Franklin's demeanor was avuncular, but he was never above rebuking anyone who stepped out of line. One episode dealt with a teenage boy suing for emancipation from his overbearing father, an Army Colonel. When the Colonel began overstepping his authority, Judge Franklin angrily reprimanded him saying, "Colonel, in this courtroom, I give the orders!!"
In "tempering justice with mercy", Judge Franklin's decisions were always fair-minded, and usually gave the accused a chance to redeem themselves. In almost every episode, Franklin would end his dissertation by gently pleading with all involved to "Be good to each other" before adjourning the session.
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