Judy Sheindlin is the tough talking, gavel pounding Judge you don't want to cross in her daytime TV court show Judge Judy.
Now she's weighing in on a legal matter involving her own son, Adam Levy, a New York state District Attorney, who slapped a 5 million dollar lawsuit against Putnam county sheriff, Donald Smith, for defamation.
Smith has accused Levy of interfering with a child rape case against Levy's former trainer Alexandru Hossu, back in March.
According to the Putnam county Sherriff, Hossu is accused of raping a 13 year old girl on 2 occasions back in 2010.
Levy says he rescued himself from the rape case as soon as he learned Hossu was under investigation. In the 30 page complaint filed by LEvy, he alleges that defamatory statements made by Smith were published in various online publications.
In a statement, Judge Judy said about her son… "His moral compass is dead center, when someone attacks his character professionally or personally they best be prepared to back it up – shut up – or pay up." (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
Judge Judy's son, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy spoke to CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on why he is being so public with this suit:
"The local sheriff in Putnam County, Don Smith, needed to be held accountable for what he did to me as the sitting DA by accusing me of criminal acts, something that, quite frankly, there's no greater harm to a district attorney, to his reputation." (WATCH VIDEO)