September 2001

Court is in session and Judge Marilyn Milian, the first female and the first Hispanic to serve on TV's The People's Court, is presiding.  This take-no-bull judge is feisty, confrontational, and witty.  Milian has been on the bench for sixteen years.  She was appointed by Janet Reno to serve as Assistant State Attorney for the State Attorney's Office in Dade County, Florida.  Later, Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to serve on the Miami Circuit Court Criminial Division.  Here, she steps down from the bench for a few moments to discuss her appreciation of life, sunrises, and why she needs a pinch.

What city did you travel to on your last trip?
Las Vegas with my family.

If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
I would buy a beautiful house on the bay in Miami so I could see the incredible sunrise every morning.  Whatever was left over I would spend on traveling around the world.

Having been a part of this era of AIDS, how has it impacted you?
I lost a very close relative to AIDS-related complications.  You can read and feel empathy, but when it hits your own family it is even more devastating.

Which living person do you most admire?
My father.  He is the embodiment of determination in over coming obstacles ranging from Cuban communism to poverty.

Do you think there should be condom distribution in the high schools?
Yes,  It's a safety issue.

Would you rather have a new VW Toon car, or a Turbo Porsche 911?

Have you tried any alternative therapies as opposed to Western medicine?
Acupuncture, Shiatsu, massage, yoga.

How has the AIDS epidemic changed the way you think about life and death?
It has made me realize how short and precious life can be.

Judge Marilyn Milian

Would you rather have a Big Mac or an array of Chinese vegetables?
Chinese vegetables.

What brand of water do you drink?
Zephyr Hills.

Name one of your bad habits.
I'm sorry, but we're running out of space here.  Okay, being impatient.

If you had a choice to have a dinner date with anyone from history, who would it be?
Mark Twain, the greatest wit who ever lived.

If you wrote a book today about your life, what would the title be?
Pinch Me, I must Be Dreaming.

Who is your favorite star?
I love several; Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel Jackson, Johnny Depp, Sally Field, Sophia Loren.

What can we do to help during this ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis?
Education, research, and prevention.

When you get into bed at night, do you wear pajamas, nightshirt, undies, or nothing at all?
Au natural.


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