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Judge gets emotional as 96-year-old pleads his innocence for speeding violation while taking sick son to hospital
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Judge gets emotional as 96-year-old pleads his innocence for speeding violation while taking sick son to hospital

The judge became emotional as the man opened up about the situation

A judge became emotional after hearing the reason a 96-year-old man was given a speeding violation.

Judge Frank Caprio - who stars in the TV show Caught in Providence - has gone viral in the past for his compassionate and kind-hearted approach towards those who end up in front of him in court.

And one moment that perfectly captures the judge’s softer side is this clip of him dealing with a 96-year-old who was hit with a school zone violation.

In the clip, Mr Coella explains: “I don’t drive that fast, Judge. I’m 96-years-old and I drive slowly. I only drive when I have to.”

The man then explains that he was taking his disabled son to have his blood work done.

When asked how his son was, the man replied: “He’s 63. I take him for blood work every two weeks, because he’s got cancer.”

At this point the man appears to become emotional, and he’s not alone, because Judge Caprio also seems to tear up - and I’m pretty close to tears myself, to be honest.

The judge tells him: “You are a good man. You really are what America is all about. Here you are in your nineties and you’re still taking care of your family. It’s just a wonderful thing for you.

Mr Coella was caught speeding in a school zone.

“I wish the best for your son and I wish you good health and your case is dismissed. Good luck to you and God bless you.”

Has someone been cutting onions in here?

The clip was shared on TikTok where users were also left in tears by the judge’s kind words.

One person said: “I’m not crying, you are.”

I am, to be fair.

Another commented: “Seeing this old man's face breaks my heart. Proud dad.”

While a third added: “This made me cry.”

Someone else wrote: “This is so sad. I cried so much.”

Earlier this year, Judge Caprio went viral again after he paid off a man’s fine who had walked five miles to court with less than a dollar to his name.

Judge Caprio was blown away by Mr Coella's story.

The case saw a motorist, Daniel Murray, who had 'seven violations', five of which were 'parking tickets'.

After being given a $250 dollar fine, he asked if there was any way he could defer the payments as he was struggling with money.

When asked by Caprio how much he could currently pay towards the fine, Murray confessed: "I have 92 cents in my account.

"I just walked from East Providence this morning to get over here."

Upon hearing the efforts he had made, the judge told Murray that he would use his fund, the Philomena Fund, named after his mother to pay off the fines.

He also handed him $25 so he could get an Uber home.

Topics: US News, Crime