Can Nancy Grace’s syndicated “Swift Justice” show make it without Nancy Grace?
We’ll soon find out, as the controversial Grace trips off to join “Dancing With the Stars” — and her “Swift Justice” role is filled by Jackie Glass, known as the judge who presided over O.J. Simpson’s Las Vegas armed robbery case.
“Timing is everything, and I’m fortunate to have been at the right place with the right skills to do this, at this time in my life, when I am reinventing myself,” says Glass, whose two daughters are now in their twenties, one in grad school, and one an undergrad.
Glass, whose first show airs Sept. 12, resigned from the Clark County court to take on “Swift Justice.” She tells us her former colleagues there are “all really encouraging, looking forward to the show.” And her husband, Las Vegas City Coucilman Steve Wolfson — with whom she spent 12 years in practice at their Wolfson & Glass law firm — understands her schedule, which actually gives her more freedom than before. “It’s not nearly the same amount of work I used to do,” she says.
Glass has been taping episodes of the show all summer, she reports. In terms of cases, “I do whatever they bring me. A lot of these cases involve people in relationships — a daughter suing a mother, brothers and sisters suing each other, parents suing children, cousins and uncles, landlords and tenants, ex-fiancees, boyfriends and girlfriends…There’s a lot of passion in these people.” There are also animal attack cases involving dogs and cats, and for those, Glass says, the animals involved are present on the set.
“I haven’t been surprised as far as the actual work, I think because of my background. Having previously been a journalist on TV, that certainly prepared me for some aspects of this,” says Glass, who left broadcasting to go into law. And more recently, “my work as a judge, particularly in the last year, when I ran the drug court and the DUI court, certainly prepared me.” She’s wise enough to know that court shows “are totally personality-driven. What people will see on TV is the real Jackie Glass. I’m not shy. I’m very straightforward. I have a sense of humor, and I tell it like it is.”
So does she foresee going off to do “Dancing With the Stars” some day? Glass laughs and says she’s not going to — er — rule out anything.