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Marilyn J. Mosby
Future Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, then known as Marilyn James, appears on an episode of Judge Judy in 2000.

When Marilyn Mosby met Judge Judy

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby became a household name across the county (and perhaps the world) this month after she announced charges against police officers in the Freddie Gray case.

But it turns out that was not the first time Mosby has been seen on television seeking justice.

Mosby, then known by her maiden name, Marilyn James, appeared on a 2000 episode of “Judge Judy” that has been making the rounds online Wednesday and is posted below.

(The Baltimore Sun notes it has not been definitively proven to be the future city state’s attorney but, having talked to her a bunch of times on the phone and in person, I can say with 99 percent certainty this is a young Marilyn Mosby.)

In the episode, the 20-year-old James alleges a neighbor trashed her apartment while she was home from college for the summer, including ripping out the security system, using her bathtub and putting food in the fridge. The neighbor also allegedly held a baby shower in one of the apartment’s four bedrooms.

“My apartment was filthy,” she said.

James methodically makes her case, poking holes in the defendant’s alibi and providing Judge Judy with photos of the damage and copies of her rent checks.

The defendant at first denies the allegations but proves no match for Judge Judy.

“I’m not worried about her attitude,” she said to him at one point. “Worry about my attitude.”

Judge Judy also chastised the defendant for not bringing documentation to support his case:

“What did you think you were coming here for? An audition?”

The judge’s only criticism of James? That she did not ask for punitive damages, which she said she would have awarded. Instead, she gave James the more than $1,700 in damages she sought.

Following her courtroom victory, James smiled and looked relieved as she addressed the camera for the final time.

“I feel like finally there is some justice served,” she said.