*Imagine being a criminal making a court appearance and the judge asks you if you are the same person she once knew in middle school back in the day.
That’s what happened to Arthur Booth, 49, and Miami-Dade County Judge Mindy Glazer in court the other day.
In the video below, Judge Glazer says, “I have a question for you — did you go to Nautilus (middle school)?”
“Oh my goodness!” Booth responds with a smile that soon turned to tears.
“I’m sorry to see you here. I always wondered what happened to you,” Glazer said as Booth cries.
“This was the nicest kid in middle school. He was the best kid,” says Glazer, reminiscing on their time at the Miami Beach school. “I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened.”
As Booth, overwhelmed with emotion, shouted “Oh my goodness!” seven times, Glazer said she hoped he turns his life around.
“Good luck to you sir,” she said. “I hope you are able to come out of this okay and just lead a lawful life.”
Judge Glazer set his bond at $43,000, drawing their brief interaction to a close. Booth remains in jail.
Booth’s cousin, Melissa Miller told Local 10 News that when Booth saw Glazer, he was probably filled with remorse and thoughts of what could have been.
“It just brought back memories of how smart he was,” Miller said. “He was a scholar, well-rounded athlete, bilingual.”
Miller went on to say that Booth, a father and grandfather, got caught up in drug abuse and has been to jail before. His hearing likely showed him just how much his path had diverged.
“Wow, I had those opportunities and those abilities,” Booth probably thought, according to Miller. “That should have been me up there.”