Compassionate rulings make judge with soft spot for veterans an internet sensation

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Judge Frank Caprio, star of the nationally syndicated television show "Caught in Providence," is known for his compassionate rulings. COURTESY OF CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE
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Judge Frank Caprio, star of the nationally syndicated television show "Caught in Providence," is known for his compassionate rulings. COURTESY OF CAUGHT IN PROVIDENCE

Compassionate rulings make judge with soft spot for veterans an internet sensation

by: James Bolinger | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 09, 2018

A Vietnam veteran with white hair and a bushy gray mustache recently stood before a Rhode Island judge and answered to a parking ticket.

“I want to plead guilty with an explanation, sir,” he said in a thick New England accent.

Judge Frank Caprio, 82, listened patiently as the man read a prepared statement about the difficult parking situation near Providence’s Veterans Affairs hospital. He said there’s nowhere to park, and he and other vets had for years left their cars on a nearby street with no problems, figuring police were giving them a break.

After learning that the man served in the Army and spent a year in Vietnam, Caprio explained the delicate balancing act judges face between enforcing the law and showing compassion for veterans who get $100 parking tickets while trying to get medical care.

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