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What you need to know about nation’s No. 1 courtroom show ‘Hot Bench’

Hot Bench

Courtroom reality show “Hot Bench” has returned for a 10th season.

“Hot Bench” can be watched at noon weekdays on MyINDY-TV 23 in Indianapolis.

The show prides itself on differing from other successful courtroom reality shows by having three different judges on the bench.

Judge Michael Corriero, Judge Yodit Tewolde and Judge Rachel Juarez listen to actual court cases and work together to reach a verdict.

Prior to joining “Hot Bench”, Corriero served as a prosecutor in the office of Manhattan District Attorney Frank Hoganas, and as a criminal defense attorney and a judge for 28 years in the criminal courts of New York state. For 16 years, he presided over Manhattan’s Youth Part, a special court he created in the ?New York Supreme Court designed to focus attention and scarce resources on young offenders prosecuted as adults pursuant to New York state’s Juvenile Offender Law.

Tewolde was the host of “Making the Case,” a nightly criminal justice show on BNC, now The Grio TV. She was also a host and contributor on “America’s Most Wanted,” and the morning anchor for “Court TV,” where she covered major trials across the country. A nationally renowned criminal defense attorney, Tewolde was the founder and managing attorney of her own criminal defense firm.

Juarez graduated from Yale University and Stanford Law School. Following graduation from Stanford, Juarez joined litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where she gained considerable experience in all aspects of complex civil litigation with an emphasis in trial work.