February 26, 2017-Judge Joseph Wapner who America knew as the judge of the People’s Court has passed away according to published reports. Wapner, who was 97 years old, became a familiar face to an entire generation of Americans from 1981-1993. Wapner was a retired Los Angeles County Judge when he was tapped for the show which feature real litigants arguing their cases in front of a nation. Along with Bailiff Rusty Burrell and commentator Doug Lewellyn, the show served to kick off an entirely new genre of television reality shows. Wapner’s no-nonsense approach to handling his courtroom and applying the law will remain unique.