Popular 'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies At 97 A 1989 Washington Post poll found that while two-thirds of those surveyed couldn't name any of the Supreme Court justices, 54 percent could identify Judge Wapner as the judge of The People's Court.

Popular 'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies At 97

Popular 'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies At 97

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A 1989 Washington Post poll found that while two-thirds of those surveyed couldn't name any of the Supreme Court justices, 54 percent could identify Judge Wapner as the judge of The People's Court.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Rachel Martin. And if you were a child of the '80s, this music meant only one thing. Judge Wapner was in the house and on your TV. Joseph Wapner was the mild-mannered judge who served over "The People's Court" for more than a decade. He died on Sunday at the age of 97. According to a 1989 poll, only 9 percent of Americans surveyed could name the chief justice on the Supreme Court. Fifty-four percent knew Wapner was the guy laying down the law on "The People's Court." It's MORNING EDITION.

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