It seems appropriate that the atmosphere yesterday in Las Vegas “drug court” for District Judge Jackie Glass (pictured) bidding her farewells for the bright lights of LA was reminiscent of the 2008 O.J. Simpson trial she presided over. Because the woman taking over from Nancy Grace as host of the reality drama Swift Justice indirectly owes her big break to the Juice. Per Doug McMurdo‘s report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
It was Glass’ demeanor during the infamous Simpson spectacle that brought her to the attention of Swift Justice producers. But Glass told her captive audience that the informal role of a drug court judge is what prepared her to replace Grace as host of the popular program this September, not the fact that she presided perhaps with a heavy hand over Simpson’s high-profile trial.
Glass is first and foremost a journalist. After earning a degree in journalism in 1978 from the University of Georgia, she worked as both a radio and TV reporter in Vegas. She eventually segued to the anchor desk and crime beat, which in turn led her to get a law degree in the mid-80s and go into private practice after passing the Nevada Bar in 1990.
The first season of Swift Justice was filmed in Atlanta, with Grace’s decision to remain there rather than follow the program to the west coast opening the reality TV door for Glass. Glass is married to Steve Wolfson, a defense attorney and Las Vegas City Councilman. According to McMurdo’s piece, she will commute back and forth from Sin City for her new gig.