Meet Lila Statom, the Tennessee judge who is being called “the southern Judge Judy” for her tough words toward a reputed gang member.

O’Shae Smith was in court on an attempted murder charge when he referred to public housing development East Lake Courts as his “hood.”

“Sir, East Lake Courts is not your hood, it’s the citizens of the United States who own that because they work and they pay taxes. You don’t own that,” Statom told him.

She continued, “People like you have made it a violent, unsafe place to live. I don’t think you want to say a word to me, Mr. Smith.”

Statom was on “Fox and Friends” this morning to discuss the viral video of her comments.

“I believe that it’s important that gang members in our community know that their behavior is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated,” she said.

Statom explained that both of her grandparents lived in East Lake Courts, which is why she took personal offense to Smith’s remarks.

Statom often speaks to women within the community about how “a man is not a plan.”

She explained that she believes no one should ever rely on someone else for support.

“I believe that particularly women should get an education so that they can support themselves and they don’t have to stay in domestic violence situations simply because they are unable to support themselves," she said.

Statom also weighed in on the comparison to Judge Judy, calling it “sort of comical.”

Watch her interview above.


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