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From gangs to gavel: Judge Mathis' journey

  • Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge
  • He also hosts TV court show, "Judge Mathis"

Whether you've only watching five minutes or countless episodes of "Judge Mathis," one thing is certainly unforgettable: His no-nonsense approach to justice. What many viewers don't know is the esteemed judge's story behind the tough love persona -- Mathis' own bout with the legal system on the other side of the gavel. As a teenager, the retired Michigan judge spent time in jail himself.

As a part of HLN's America Behind Bars series, Natasha Curry sat down with Greg Mathis to hear his inspirational story and the many hurdles he faced to earn his spot on the other side of the courtroom.


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