(April 29, 2002 – New York, NY) - On Monday, May 6, 2002, Judge Greg Mathis officiates his first wedding ceremony on his nationally syndicated television court show, "Judge Mathis." In an unprecedented event, Judge Mathis takes a break from his bench to preside over a marital union on the set of his daily court show. With their families beside them, Aaron Rice III and Angela Pressley, of Levittown, PA, join together in holy matrimony with the help of Judge Mathis and his staff. Aaron and Angela contacted the show and asked Judge Mathis if he would perform the ceremony. Before the wedding, Judge Mathis counsels the couple and offers some marriage tips. Reflecting back upon former litigants and dueling spouses, Judge Mathis remarks, "I don't want you back in my courtroom after I marry you!" In addition to the recitation of traditional marriage vows, the Judge asks the studio audience, including family and friends, if anyone has any objections to the union and then states, "I'm not going to lock you up if you speak!" As a young man, Greg Mathis was involved with gangs, dropped out of school, spent time in jail and then, as a promise to his dying mother, turned his life around. He attended college, earned a law degree, became the youngest judge in Michigan’s history and then served as a Superior Court Judge for Michigan’s 36th District. Known for running his courtroom with a no-nonsense style and streetwise sensibility, Mathis often uses himself as an example to those who appear before him. Judge Greg Mathis is a unique role model, which makes him stand out from other court show judges. The continued success of his show has led to the growth of a new generation of younger court viewers, with “Judge Mathis” consistently ranking as the youngest skewing court show on television. “Judge Mathis” is produced by And Syndicated Productions and Telepictures Productions in association with Black Pearl Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
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