Kentucky Judge Amber Wolf On Her Newfound Internet Stardom
In the past two weeks, Louisville Judge Amber Wolf has experienced a level of internet fame that few judges have: Two videos, filmed in her courtroom, have gone viral. In the first, recorded on July 29, Wolf reacts with outrage towards jail administrators as a female defendant, who had been in custody for days, appeared to not be wearing pants in court and claimed that she was denied feminine hygiene products. (A spokesman for the jail later said that the defendant was wearing shorts under her long shirt). Soon after, on August 5, a second video surfaced in which Wolf temporarily suspends a no-contact order to allow a defendant to hold his newborn child for the first time before being sent back to jail.
Wolf, 34, worked as public defender and prosecutor before she was elected to preside over Jefferson County’s District Court in 2014. Below, she talks about her career, her recent fame, and why she reads internet comments.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Read the interview, it’s very interesting. I think it’s a good thing that the judge previously worked as both a public defender and as a DA.