If you’re a deadbeat dad who agrees to start making child support payments to stay out of jail, you’ve got to meet one more requirement in Judge Wade McCree’s Detroit courtroom: Watch the Maury Povich show.
McCree, a criminal judge in Wayne County Circuit Court, has begun sentencing dads to watch the show as part of their probation
The judge, who will appear on the show Thursday, said he got the idea after watching a few episodes.
One day in February he shouted to a man with five kids from five mothers: “What the hell do you think this is, the Maury Povich show?”
“Everyone fell out laughing, but it really wasn’t funny,” the judge said today.
A videographer was in the courtroom for a local TV show and asked permission to send the clip to Povich’s show, McCree said. Soon, Maury had a crew filming in McCree’s courtroom and they invited him in for a show taping last month.
“Some of these men in my court watch the show and see how ridiculous some of the deadbeats look, and then they realize it’s them,” McCree said.
McCree said he is requiring men charged with felonies for arrears in child support to agree to start making payments and watch the show at least once a month if they want to avoid jail. He said they must discuss the show with their probation officers.