Who is he: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is senior judicial analyst at FOX News Channel, providing legal analysis on both FNC and FOX Business Network (FBN). Napolitano joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in January 1998. Napolitano was a regular fill-in co-host for "FOX & Friends" and co-hosted FOX News Radio's “Brian and The Judge” from 2006 to 2010 and hosted “Freedom Watch” until the summer of 2012. Originally a weekly part of “Strategy Room,” “Freedom Watch” became a weekly show on FBN and went to a daily format in 2009.
Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano tried more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court – criminal, civil, equity and family. Judge Napolitano oversaw thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings and divorces until he resigned his judgeship in 1995. For 11 years, Judge Napolitano served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he provided instruction in constitutional law and jurisprudence.
Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year. Judge Napolitano's books include It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom (2011), Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws (2006), A Nation of Sheep (2007) and NY Times bestsellers The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land (2007) and Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History (2010).
Background: Andrew P. Napolitano was born June 6, 1950 in Newark, NJ, attended public schools, spent his sophomore year in high school as a page in the US House of Representatives and attended the private school for pages in the Library of Congress. Judge Napolitano is a graduate of Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School. His academic interest in the law drew him away from private legal practice toward the judiciary. Judge Napolitano received his initial appointment from NJ Governor Thomas Keane and his lifetime appointment from NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
At the time Napolitano left the bench, he did something that rarely occurs during a lifetime appointment – and with the permission of the Chief Justice. Napolitano held a press conference in which he blasted judicial salaries. Judge Napolitano also blasted the inability of judges to supplement their income by doing teaching and writing.
After Roger Alles, then president of CNBC, read a transcript of that press conference he called Napolitano to invite him to cover the O.J. Simpson trial for its entire 13 months. Alles would go on to become the founder of FOX and brought Judge Napolitano from CNBC to Fox.
Judge Napolitano is a proponent of the Austrian School of Economics and says the books that have influenced him most strongly include Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater and The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek.
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