On July 1st, LaTarian Milton; his mother, Ashley Milton Mickeens; and his grandmother, Vikkita Stratford, will be in Los Angeles, taping a segment of the popular afternoon justice show, Judge Judy.
“Judge Judy contacted me about two days after my grandson took the SUV,” Stratford recalled Monday.
That was April 25, when drivers called 911 to report “a small person driving a car” in the vicinity of Northlake Boulevard and Congress Avenue in Lake Park. No one was hurt, but the boy was charged with stealing the car, then returned to his family.
“I said, ‘Oh, no, my dignity means more to me than your show,’ ” Stratford said she told Judge Judy producers. “I watch Judge Judy, and I know what she’s capable of.”
Next, the producers called the boy’s mother.
“I have mixed feelings because I kind of think this will look like a reward to him,” Mickeens said.
But both women agreed to play along. So on May 23, Stratford sued her daughter in Palm Beach County Court for $5,000.
“I didn’t know I had grounds to sue my daughter until Judge Judy called and told me what grounds I could sue her on,” Stratford said. “I would have sued. I just didn’t know how.”
Stratford said she was told the show will pay any money the judge awards. The family will get a trip to Hollywood and a fee out of the deal as well.
“She pays you to be on the show,” said Stratford, who declined to say how much she and her daughter would split. “But it’s worth my while. Trust me.”
Good luck, lil Hoodrat – you’re going to need it!
Source: Palm Beach Post