One of the most non-ideal, unimaginable places to see a former friend after many years - on different sides of a courtroom. Judge Mindy Glazer recognized the accused, Arthur Booth, as her classmate in middle school and childhood friend but Booth didn’t realize it - at first.
In an interview with with a local tv station, Booth’s cousin Miller said that moment of recognition “just brought back memories of how smart he was. He was a scholar, well-rounded athlete, bilingual.” She said Booth’s troubled life began with drugs. “We're really trying to find help because there's obviously a need for help.”
Booth was charged with robbery, grand theft, escaping, and resisting arrest last June 29, 2015, Monday. He was involved in robbing a home and was seen driving a vehicle that was taken in the home robbery. Booth attempted to get away, resulting in a police pursuit. Booth’s attempt at escaping resulted in 2 accidents then crashed the car he was driving. He continued to flee by running but was unsuccessful.
Booth’s history with drugs and committing crimes started when he was supposed to be attending college. He has since then been in-and-out of jail and on-and-off drugs.
Miller says that Booth still, however, remains kindhearted and loving, especially towards his children and grandchildren.
The moment of recognition
“Sir, did you go to Nautilus in middle school?” Judge Glazer asked Booth.
“...Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!” said the accused who could not stop himself from breaking down after recognizing the judge.
The judge proceeded to tell others in the room of her memories of him. “I used to play football with him. All the kids did. He was the nicest kid in middle school and now look what has happened.”
It was the saddest reunion of two old friends. Judge Glazer was thinking the same thing saying, “I’m sorry to see you there.” The video ended with her giving well wishes to her old friend of recovering from the experience and “[leading] a lawful life.”