Broward County Judge Joel T. Lazarus pulls out a big black binder full of newspaper clippings and lays it on the large desk in his courthouse office. The killers, rapists, and child molesters who fill the plastic pages have one thing in common: Lazarus prosecuted all of them before winning a seat on the bench. The gray-bearded, bespectacled judge boasts that he put some two dozen defendants in prison for life while working as an assistant state attorney from 1978 to 1993. As a judge he's still sending people away. Most recently he sentenced 14-year-old Lionel Tate to life in prison without chance of parole for killing a little girl while allegedly mimicking pro wrestling moves. It was one of the most publicized trials of Lazarus's career and produced an uproar from civil- and human-rights leaders, who felt the sentence... More >>>